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).
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.
Senator 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.
A bill by Assembly Member Frazier (D – Oakley), Chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, and sponsored by the Self Help County Coalition, would authorize the expanded use and development of high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes while also removing the sunset date on the current authority to operate HOT lanes. Continue reading
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
Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion state water bond, was approved by California’s voters last Tuesday and will provide $2.7 billion for much-needed water storage projects. ACEC California strongly supported this measure and partnered with the governor’s campaign to promote its passage. Thank you for all your hard work and help on this effort!
Facing one of the most severe droughts in history, California state officials joined local leaders, engineers and scientists in Oxnard, California last week in support of Proposition 1, which upon voter approval, would enact the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014.
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.
#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