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Transport Topics: Caltrans Announces $173 Million for Local Transportation Projects

February 20, 2018

February 20, 2018  By: Eleanor Lamb  The California Department of Transportation recently awarded a series of grants to local and regional agencies through the Road Repair Accountability Act of 2017. The legislation — Senate Bill 1 — devotes millions for infrastructure improvements throughout the state. Caltrans announced that it will distribute $173.4 million across 57
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Los Angeles Times Column: If Republicans have their way, California highways stand to lose big under Trump’s infrastructure plan

February 15, 2018

February 15, 2018  By: George Skelton  President Trump’s infrastructure proposal isn’t worth much. And what it is worth for California, the state’s Republican delegation in Congress is trying to destroy. That’s the irony. More precisely, it’s cynical politics outweighing needed public works. This is what I mean: Under Trump’s plan, the federal government would pay
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Marin Independent Journal: Marin road projects listed for gas tax funds

February 5, 2018

February 5, 2018 By: Mark Prado Money generated by a new state gas tax is becoming available to Marin municipalities to fund road improvement projects throughout the county. The California Transportation Commission has adopted the final list of cities eligible to receive Local Streets and Roads Program funding for this fiscal year, bringing eligible municipalities
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Eureka Times-Standard: Measure Z funded $1.7M in roadwork in 2017

December 29, 2017

December 29, 2017  By: Hunter Cresswell  Measure Z funding paid for repairs, upgrades and maintenance of roads throughout Humboldt County this year and that work is expected to continue through the New Year. Measure Z funding for county roads will continue and state funding for Senate Bill 1 for streets and highways is expected to
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Fort Bragg Advocate-News: $1.5M approved for Main Street

December 21, 2017

December 21, 2017  By: Kelci Parks  The Mendocino Council of Governments recently approved its five-year plan for the county’s regional transportation improvements, with an estimated $1,485,000 expected to be spent on Fort Bragg’s Main Street. The funds are being generated by the recent enactment of Senate Bill 1, which increases transportation taxes to fund a
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Fontana Herald News: Grants are awarded to local agencies thanks to SB1 funding

December 8, 2017

December 8, 2017  Caltrans has announced that the first planning grants funded through the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2014 (SB 1) have been awarded to local agencies to support their efforts to plan more sustainable communities, reduce transportation-related greenhouse gases and adapt for the effects of climate change. During this week’s California Transportation
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Ceres Courier: Caltrans seeks comments on service road interchange

December 6, 2017

December 6, 2017  By: Jeff Benziger  Caltrans is has opened its public comment period to accept opinions regarding plans to add a new interchange at Service Road and modify the Mitchell interchange. City officials are hopeful that the new Service/Mitchell/Highway 99 interchange is started at the end of 2020 and completed by 2023. It’s believed
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Palo Alto Online: Palo Alto to reap revenues from new state bills

November 22, 2017

November 22, 2017  By: Gennady Sheyner  As Palo Alto’s elected leaders survey all the new laws coming out of Washington, D.C., and Sacramento, two strikingly different pictures emerge. When it comes to the national level, the city is nervously awaiting the impacts of the Republican tax-reform plan, which may eliminate of tax-deductible status for private-activity
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Record Bee: Lakeport to resurrect, finish road projects

November 17, 2017

November 16, 2017 By: Tammy Murga With the implementation of the California gas tax, the City of Lakeport is trying to quickly seize the opportunity to finish and resurrect several road projects, according to a report during the City’s Traffic Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC) on Monday. A large sum of the revenue raised will go
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Porterville Reporter: Council looking at six projects funded by SB 1

November 14, 2017

November 14, 2017  The Lindsay City Council will consider today approving a resolution that would give the city an estimated $73,000 to fund six high-priority and cost-effective projects. Michael Camarena, the director of city services, said the list of projects would be funded by Senate Bill (SB) 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act. Camarena
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KKFX 11 Santa Maria: Tracking SB 1 gas tax increase funding

November 14, 2017

November 14, 2017  By: Keith Carls  Now that Californians are paying more for gas and diesel due to the controversial new gas tax imposed on November 1, where is all that new taxpayer money going on the Central Coast? The SB 1 funds are earmarked exclusively for transportation repair and improvement across the state. The
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Silicon Valley Business Journal: Why support for California gas tax repeal may not be what it’s cracked up to be

November 13, 2017

November 13, 2017  By: Jody Meacham The prospect of a Republican-supported 2018 ballot measure repealing the gasoline tax increase that California enacted last summer would seem to be a serious concern for Silicon Valley and the Bay Area, which collectively stand to get $7.7 billion from the tax for road repair and transportation improvement projects
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PolitiFact California: Does California spend ‘nearly 5 times as much’ to build a mile of road as the rest of nation?

November 1, 2017

November 1, 2017  By: Chris Nichols  It’s not cheap to build anything in California. Land and labor is expensive and the state has some of the strictest environmental permitting rules anywhere. Those factors all drive up the cost of building homes, stores and even roads. Republican candidate for governor John Cox has pledged that, if
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Lake County News: Lake County highway projects get go-ahead from state commission

October 31, 2017

October 31, 2017 By: Elizabeth Larson The California Transportation Commission has approved nearly $15 million in highway projects for Lake County. At its meeting earlier this month, the commission approved 90 major “fix-it-first” transportation projects across California, worth nearly $3.4 billion, submitted by Caltrans. Caltrans said it added nearly 1,200 lane miles of pavement repair
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Bakersfield Californian: It’s a ‘miracle’: Caltrans to launch $270 million in local road projects with new state funding

October 25, 2017

October 25, 2017 By: Joseph Luiz Local drivers may soon start noticing smoother rides on Kern County roads. Gov. Jerry’s Brown’s controversial road tax, SB 1, is about to provide transportation funding that some might regard as nothing less than miraculous. Caltrans will be accelerating work on dozens of projects locally and statewide after funding from
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Madera Tribune: Madera County Oks list of road projects

October 14, 2017

October 14, 2017 By: John Rieping The Madera County Board of Supervisors amended a 2017-2018 road fund budget during its regular meeting this week to add a list of proposed upgrade projects, including grader caps and micro seals, for local roadways. To qualify for state funding, this fiscal year’s project list must be submitted to
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Riverside Press Enterprise: Riverside County road improvements coming soon, state transportation chief promises

October 13, 2017

October 13, 2017 By: Imran Ghori Riverside County and the rest of California will start seeing new transportation projects funded by the gas tax increase moving forward quickly in the coming months, California Transportation Secretary Brian Kelly said Friday, Oct. 13. Speaking before the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, Kelly said the area benefited in
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American Journal of Transportation: More than $40 million in funding approved for active transportation projects in Southern California

October 6, 2017

October 6, 2017 The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Thursday approved more than $40 million in funding for active transportation projects in the six-county region. The funding, part of the $100 million a year being directed specifically to active transportation across California as part of Senate Bill 1, provides another major boost to local
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Elk Grove Citizen: City to receive state funds for road resurfacing

September 20, 2017

September 20, 2017 By: Lance Armstrong The Elk Grove City Council on Sept. 13 received a report on the availability of funding through Senate Bill 1 or the Road Repair and Accountability Act. Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 1 last April for the purpose of maintaining and rehabilitating roads; addressing critical safety needs on highways,
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New Report Finds that “Delaying Investments Only Escalates the Costs and Risks of an Aging Infrastructure”

March 9, 2017

American Society for Civil Engineers “2017 Infrastructure Report Card” echoes previous reports that give CA’s transportation network a failing grade. For Immediate Release: March 9, 2017 Sacramento –Upon the news that yet another report is out today underscoring the cost to every California motorists for our crumbling roads and bridges, the Fix Our Roads coalition,
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SB 1 (Beall) Continues to Gain Momentum

March 9, 2017

Transportation funding bill passes out of Senate Governance and Finance Committee For Immediate Release: March 8, 2017 Sacramento – The Fix Our Roads Coalition, a coalition of local governments, business, labor, transit and transportation advocates, applauded Senate Governance and Finance Committee passage of Senate Bill 1 (Beall) today. The bill is expected to be heard
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East Bay: Politicians, labor demand Sacramento find money for roads

March 7, 2016

PACHECO — Within sight of the Highway 4/Interstate 680 interchange that chokes with commute traffic every weekday morning and evening, a group of officials and union members gathered Wednesday to demand the governor and state Legislature fix transportation funding. Their pleas come in light of the Jan. 22 cut of an estimated $754 million from
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$80 million in state funding cut from local road projects

March 7, 2016

In the looming shadow of the Interstate 10/Jefferson Street Interchange, dozens of Riverside County officials gathered Friday to speak out against the California Transportation Commission’s decision to cut $80 million from county infrastructure improvement projects. In January, the CTC approved the proposed cut which, over the next five years, adds up to more than $750
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In Case You Missed It: Los Angeles Times to Legislators: “Adopt a responsible, long-term plan to reinvest in California’s transportation infrastructure.”

December 3, 2015

December 3, 2015 Sacramento – In an editorial Thursday, the LA Times called on state lawmakers to “reject the gimmicks and short-term thinking that bogged down Congress and adopt a responsible, long-term plan to reinvest in California’s transportation infrastructure” when they return to Sacramento in January 2016. Members of the Fix Our Roads coalition, including
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Roads fix must put real dent in repair backlog

August 25, 2015

BY JIM EARP, MATT CATE AND CHRIS MCKENZIE Special to The Bee California is home to some of the nation’s most deteriorated streets, highways and bridges, with four of the five cities with the worst road conditions in the United States and 55 percent of local bridges requiring rehabilitation or replacement. This disrepair is costing
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Fixing our roads requires both reforms and revenue

August 24, 2015

The California Legislature returned to Sacramento last week with a “to do list” that includes a special session called by Gov. Jerry Brown to address the growing road repair and maintenance backlog – ranked second worse in the country, according to some. The Register’s Aug. 11 editorial, “Tap brakes on urge to raise gas taxes,”
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Governor wants bipartisan fix for state highway repairs

August 21, 2015

Filling car-shaking potholes and repairing crumbling highways and bridges shouldn’t be a partisan issue, Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday. Joined by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, Brown used a news conference at the Port of Oakland to urge the Legislature’s Republicans andDemocrats to work together in a special session he called to find a
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State lawmakers return to confront cars, carbon and highways

August 21, 2015

SACRAMENTO — When state lawmakers return to the Capitol from their summer recess on Monday, awaiting them will be elements of a potential megadeal that could resolve three of the major issues they must tackle in the month that remains before adjourning for the year. Those issues are: Deciding the fate of far-reaching legislation that
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California can’t wait any longer to fix roads, bridges

August 21, 2015

BY BRIAN KELLY Special to The Bee Nothing worth doing is easy. Were it politically easy to invest sufficiently in transportation infrastructure, Congress would have already enacted a multi-year funding plan to make the Highway Trust Fund solvent, and to repair the nation’s crumbling streets, highways, transit systems and bridges. Instead, Congress has passed numerous
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New Report Ranks 15 California Urban Areas as Having the Worst Roads in the U.S.

August 11, 2015

July 23, 2015 Poor Pavement Conditions Also Lead to High Car Maintenance and Repair Costs Report Underscores Need for Legislature to Pass Accountable Funding Stream for Transportation During Special Legislative Session SACRAMENTO — According to a new report released today, 15 of California’s urban centers have pavement conditions that rank among the nation’s most deteriorated.
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Report: Bay Area, California roads some of worst in country

January 13, 2014

The Bay Area has some of the worst roads in the country. A new report by the non-profit transportation research group The Road Information Program found that the San Francisco-Oakland area has a greater proportion of roads in poor condition than any other major urban area in the U.S. The report found 74 percent of
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Report Says San Diego’s Roads Among Worst In Nation

October 29, 2013

More than half of the roads in the San Diego area are in poor condition, costing the average motorist more than $800 in annual vehicle expenses, according to a study released Thursday. The San Diego area was ranked eighth-worst in the nation in terms of bad roads, with 51 percent considered to be in poor
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