Road repair, congestion, transit and travel improvements
This legislative package is putting people to work rebuilding Southern California. It’s a $54 billion investment over the next decade that creates jobs to fix roads, freeways and bridges in communities across California and puts more dollars toward transit and safety.
The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 “SB 1” is a landmark transportation investment to rebuild California by fixing neighborhood streets, freeways and bridges in communities across California.
SB 1 is a job creator, the White House Council of Economic Advisors found that every $1 billion invested in transportation infrastructure supports 13,000 jobs a year. SB 1 is putting people to work rebuilding California.
SB1 invests $5.4 billion annually over the next decade to fix California’s transportation system. It will address a backlog of repairs and upgrades, while ensuring a cleaner and more sustainable travel network for the future.
SB1 funds will be protected under a constitutional amendment (Prop 69) which safeguards new dollars for transportation use only. Prop 69 will be on the ballot for voter approval in June 2018.
California’s state-maintained transportation infrastructure will receive roughly half of SB 1 revenue: $26 billion. The other half will go to local roads, transit agencies and an expansion of the state’s growing network of pedestrian and cycle routes. Each year, this new funding will be used to tackle deferred maintenance needs both on the state highway system and the local road system, including:
- According to the Governor’s office, the $5 billion-a-year program will cost most drivers less than $10 a month.
- Comes with strict new accountability provisions to ensure funds can only be spent on transportation.
- California has not increased the gas tax in 23 years.
“SB 1 updates an obsolete revenue system that fell behind the spiraling maintenance demands of more than 357,000 lane miles of state, city, and county roads,”
“By investing in the repair of the infrastructure that millions of Californians rely on every day, the state is also generating and sustaining hundreds of thousands of jobs and our infrastructure and expanding pre-apprenticeship and job training in the state,” said Beall. “It will take 300,000 smog-spewing diesel trucks off the roads, eliminating 90 tons of nitrogen oxides and three tons of toxic diesel soot per day. In addition, $700 million will be available for mass transit projects that will reduce the cars on the road.”
Sen. Jim Beall, chairman of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee and author of the bill, said in a statement.