Accelerating the Road User Charge Pilot Program

In the summer of 2014, ACEC California published a white paper on the issue of transportation funding. In the winter of 2014, ACEC California published a magazine continuing the conversation.

Also in 2014, ACEC California was instrumental in pushing the Legislature to pass and the governor to sign Senate Bill 1077 (SB 1077) directing California to conduct a pilot program to study the feasibility of a road charge as a replacement for the gas tax to pay for road maintenance and repairs. Is California ready for such a charge?

We think so (and have been saying that for a while now).

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The Human Cost of Our Deteriorating Roads

Did you know that last Thursday was National Pothole Day? Just about every California driver has hit a pothole at some point, but potholes are more than a mere inconvenience, they cause billions of dollars in damage ever year.  The California Alliance for Jobs has produced a great new video detailing the human cost when roads aren’t maintained.

SB 16 Paves Way For Transportation Funding

TransportationFunding-2_jpg_800x1000_q100Senator Jim Beall, chairman of the Transportation Committee has put forth a plan to restore the state’s crumbling roads and bridges.

Under Senate Bill 16, everyone who uses the roads will share in paying for the cost of essential repairs. The bill is projected to raise $3 billion or more annually over its five-year life, which allows time for the state to work out a long-term funding solution.

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Options For Improving The State’s Transportation System

Without a doubt, the state’s economic health and growing population demand improvements to our highways, bridges, streets, rail systems and airports. At this fall’s Envisioning California Conference, hosted by Sacramento State’s Center for California Studies, there was a robust panel discussion in which options for financing and improving our transportation system were reviewed. The panel was moderated by ACEC California’s Director of Government Affairs, Kelly Garman Continue reading

Where is State Support for School Facilities?

In 1998, the Leroy F. Greene School Facilities Act (Senate Bill 50) was signed into law, establishing what has proven to be one of the state’s most successful partnerships.  Since its enactment, the partnership between state and local funding sources has generated upwards of $116 billion in total revenues dedicated solely to the construction and renovation of California’s school facilities from kindergarten through university.  
But like the re-painting of the Golden Gate Bridge, the job is never finished. 

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5 Reasons the Gas Tax Won’t Adequately Support Highway Infrastructure in California by 2020

#1:  We’re driving less.  During any recession, people tend to economize by driving less, and the Great Recession was no exception.  But even a slight improvement in the economy since 2009 hasn’t resulted in greater use of the car, unlike in other recessions up to the mid 1990s.  Less driving means less gas consumption means less gas tax revenue.  What it doesn’t mean is less wear and tear because, increasingly, we’re using public transit and alternatives to gas-powered vehicles. Continue reading