After a week of intense lobbying between members of the State Assembly and State Senate, SB 1(Beall) squeaked through the Senate on a 27-11 vote and cleared the Assembly with 54 votes, the bare minimum required in both houses before the Spring recess. The bill now heads to the Governor for his signature.
From our partners of the FixOurRoads coalition;
“California voters overwhelmingly want their local roads fixed and SB 1 will deliver funds to every community to make roads safer and improve our transportation infrastructure.
The plan comes with strict accountability reforms to make sure taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely and new constitutional reforms that give voters the opportunity to ensure these funds can only be used for transportation improvements. In the long run, this package will save taxpayers money and build a better transportation infrastructure that will boost our economy and quality of life.
A broad coalition of local officials, business, labor and community groups will stand beside those legislators who voted to make this important investment to fix our roads.”
Here’s a breakdown of the plan that will invest $52.4 billion over the next decade – split between local and state investments:
Fix Local Streets and Transportation Infrastructure (50 percent):
- $15 billion in “Fix-It-First” local road repairs, including fixing potholes
- $7.5 billion to improve local public transportation
- $2 billion to support local “self-help” communities that are making their own investments in transportation improvements
- $1 billion to improve infrastructure that promotes walking and bicycling
- $825 million for the State Transportation Improvement Program local contribution
- $250 million in local transportation planning grants.
Fix State Highways and Transportation Infrastructure (50 percent):
- $15 billion in “Fix-it-First” highway repairs, including smoother pavement
- $4 billion in bridge and culvert repairs
- $3 billion to improve trade corridors
- $2.5 billion to reduce congestion on major commute corridors
- $1.4 billion in other transportation investments, including $275 million for highway and intercity-transit improvements.
BizFed staff created this chart comparing SB 1 to last year’s legislation which were the key organizational tenets of our support of the FixOurRoads coalition
CLICK HERE to see SB1 compared to last year’s legislation
When the final votes were tallied; Assemblyman Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) alluded to the rocky path the transportation package had to travel. “Members, it’s been a long, crumbling road to get where we are today.”