Dec. 5, 2016
Sacramento – In response to the introduction of Senate Bill 1 (Beall) and Assembly Bill 1 (Frazier), the Fix Our Roads Coalition issued the following statement which can also be found here:
“The Fix Our Roads Coalition appreciates Senator Beall’s and Assembly Member Frazier’s continued commitment to finding a funding and reform solution for California’s transportation crisis. The bills introduced today – along with the Governor and Legislative Leadership expressed commitment to “finally get this done” – provide a starting point for serious negotiations early in 2017 around a final transportation funding/reform package.
“While the 2016 Legislature failed to pass a funding/reform package, we are hopeful a deal for a long-term transportation package will come together soon in the new legislative session and that 2017 will be the year the Legislature finally gets the job done.
“There is no question the state’s transportation system is declining. With little funding for maintenance of our roads and bridges our state highway system has a backlog of $59 billion, and local streets and roads has a backlog of $73 billion. The longer we wait to fix small road problems, the bigger and more expensive they become.
“According to an August 2016 report from the National Transportation Research Group (TRIP), an inadequate transportation system costs California motorists a total of $53.6 billion every year in the form of additional vehicle operating costs (VOC), congestion-related delays and traffic crashes. That’s an average cost of $2,826 per driver.
“We remain committed to working with all legislators and the Administration to pass a transportation package in 2017.”