Press Release: New study highlights the enormous economic and safety benefits of Senate Bill 1 – the Road Repair and Accountability ActFebruary 28, 2018
For Immediate Release
SACRAMENTO – Today the American Road & Transportation Builders Association released a report highlighting the economic impact and safety benefits of SB 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. The analysis found that SB 1 will bring nearly $183 billion in economic activity to California.
SB 1 provides more than $5 billion annually to make road safety improvements, ease traffic congestion, fill potholes, repair local streets, freeways, tunnels, bridges and overpasses and invest in public transportation in every California community. It is supported by a broad-based coalition representing local government, business, labor, social justice advocates, community groups, public safety leaders, transportation advocates and taxpayers.
A few highlights from the study indicate SB 1 will:
- Lead to the repair or reconstruction of more than 84,000 lane miles on nearly 19,000 miles of roadway over 10 years to help ease traffic congestion.
- Enable the replacement of 556 state and local bridges over the first five years.
- Create 68,000 jobs annually or 680,000 over 10 years.
- Provide nearly $300 in savings per household as drivers spend less time maintaining their vehicles and sitting in traffic.
Members of the Coalition to Protect Local Transportation Improvements, the coalition fighting the ballot measure to repeal SB 1, say the report highlights the critical importance of SB 1 and that repeal efforts, which are being proposed by certain partisan politicians, would end these benefits and directly hurt our transportation infrastructure. The repeal initiative is expected to be on the November 2018 statewide ballot.
The following statement can be attributed to Robbie Hunter, President, State Building and Trades Council of California:
“California drivers are already seeing the benefits of SB 1 with road repair and safety projects under construction all over the state — many on a fast-track toward completion. It would be a reckless mistake to repeal SB 1 which will fund road and bridge safety improvements, ease traffic congestion, and stimulate economic activity statewide. This study confirms how deep and wide the positive impact of SB 1 is and will continue to be.”