The California Transportation Commission (CTC) has allocated more than $2.1 billion for projects to repair and improve transportation infrastructure throughout the state. Once again, the CTC investments are heavily supported by funding from Senate Bill (SB 1), and the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. SB1 accounts for $696 million – nearly one-third of this round of funding.
By providing $5 billion in transportation funding annually, SB 1 brings numerous benefits to both state and local agencies. Since it was passed in 2017, SB 1 has fully or partially funded more than 7,000 projects, including 2,500 already completed, investing more than $16 billion toward roads, bridges, trade corridors, transit and rail, and walking and biking paths. Road projects funded by SB 1 progress through construction phases more quickly, including projects that are partially funded by SB 1.
During this round of funding, the CTC allocated $960 million to Caltrans’ Local Assistance Program which makes much-needed funds available to more than 600 cities, counties, and regional agencies to improve transportation infrastructure and services. The Local Assistance Program authorizes approximately 1,100 new projects each year. The CTC also approved 15 repair projects that will extend the life of 76 bridges, prevent costly future repairs, and improve ride quality for the public.
“By making these significant investments, California is building the public transportation system we need for a safer and more prosperous, equitable, and environmentally sound future,” said Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin. “This investment also includes nearly $1 billion for local and regional transportation projects that carry significant community benefits.”