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OCTA Approves Next 10 Plan for Transportation Improvements

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) board has adopted the 2019 Measure M2 Next 10 Delivery Plan, reflecting a balanced transportation system that supports sustainability while making improvements to freeways, streets and transit service throughout Orange County. The 2019 plan...

O.C. to Finalize World’s Largest Groundwater Replenishment System

The world’s largest water reuse project of its kind is now entering its final phase in SoCal’s Orange County. The Final Expansion of Orange County’s award-winning Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS) is now underway with an estimated completion date of 2023....

Major Traffic Delays Projected for Thanksgiving Travel — SB 1 to Help

More than 55 million Americans, 7 million Californians, and 4.3 million Southern Californians are making plans to kick off the holiday season with a trip of 50 miles or more this Thanksgiving, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California....

Voters Approve Record 89% of Transportation Investment Measures

On November 5th, voters in 19 states sent a decisive message of support for transportation investment, approving 89% of 305 state and local transportation measures on ballots across the nation. In total, the 270 approved initiatives are expected to generate...

Modernization and Safety Project Begins at L.A.’s Castaic Dam

As part of a statewide effort to reduce seismic and hydrologic risk to State Water Project facilities, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR)’s Castaic Dam Modernization Program has begun with an assessment of a concrete release structure at the...

States Need More Federal Funds to Pay for Crumbling Infrastructure

Gas prices at the pump For over 25 years, the Highway Trust Fund, the source of money for Federal infrastructure projects, has been losing its purchasing power. That’s because the federal fuel tax, which is not...

Caltrans Generates $233M to Reinvest in State Highways

Caltrans has released its SB 1 Annual Efficiencies Report for fiscal year 2018-2019, noting that its efficiency measures saved nearly $233 million — more than double the statutory goal of $100 million per year. These funds will be reinvested to...

Infrastructure Projects Expected to Drive Demand for CA Construction Workers

Southern California Partnership for Jobs advocates for responsible investment in public infrastructure projects to help fix our aging transportation networks, water, sewer and storm drain systems. In turn, these projects provide stable construction jobs that support families and the economy...

Angelenos Are Quitting Their Jobs Because of Commute Times

MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images According to a new survey, a high percentage of Los Angeles residents are leaving their jobs based on how long it takes them to get there: 24% of them. Scoop, a carpool app, surveyed...

Transportation Funding Package Passed by Senate Committee

By unanimous vote, the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved $86.6 billion in fiscal year 2020 funding for the U.S. Department of Transportation — which is $167 million above the FY 2019 enacted level. “This legislation prioritizes funding for infrastructure that will...

Caltrans Releases Vulnerability Reports for SoCal Highway Systems

Pacific Coast Highway during the Woolsey Fire, 2018 As part of an effort to identify how climate change might impact the State Highway System, Caltrans has released three new Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments that focus on the risks posed to...

Three SoCal Agencies Receive $12 Million for Water Projects

The Bureau of Reclamation will provide funding to three Southern California communities to help plan, design and construct congressionally authorized Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects. The $12,867,342 to be shared by the three SoCal water agencies is part...

First new bridge on I-405 improvement project opens in O.C.

The first bridge under SoCal’s $1.9 billion I-405 Improvement Project has been inaugurated in Orange County, California. The Slater Avenue Bridge in Fountain Valley was fully demolished last September and was successfully reconstructed in less than a year. It is...

2019 Urban Mobility Report: L.A. & Riverside topping lists for worst gridlock

A new report finds that U.S. traffic congestion continues to grow – negatively impacting both commuters and the goods movement industry. The 2019 Urban Mobility Report, published by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), provides a comprehensive analysis of traffic conditions...

Eleven SoCal Water Infrastructure Projects Receive Federal Funds

The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation has announced the allocation of $29 million in grants from the WaterSMART Program to aid communities in better conserving water. “Existing water and hydropower resources are being strained as our infrastructure ages and...

L.A. Metro Purple Line Receives $100M from FTA

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has secured a new allocation of $100 million from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for the third and final section of the Metro Purple Line Extension Project. Marking another significant step in...

Senate Committee Approves $287B Five-Year Highway Bill

The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has unanimously approved a five-year highway bill—an eagerly awaited initial piece of what would be a multi-part surface transportation package. Of the $287 billion total highway authorizations in the bill, $259 billion,...

City of Temecula Awarded $50M DOT Grant to Reduce Freeway Congestion

An artists’ rendering of what the French Valley Parkway Interchange project will look like once all three phases of the project are completed. The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced $856 million in proposed infrastructure grants to help address the...

New Update to California Water Plan Released

Pyramid Lake, CA The CA Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released its Final 2018 Update to the California Water Plan, highlighting a vision for greater collaboration and alignment among water sectors and institutions. The updated plan also details solid...

OC Voters Benefit from Measure M for 28th Consecutive Year

The south view from Oso Parkway in Mission Viejo. For the 28th consecutive year, Measure M is delivering transportation improvements to Orange County, as promised to voters. An independent oversight committee closely monitors the expenditure of funds generated by this...

Caltrans Awards $40M to Improve Transportation in Local Communities

Caltrans has awarded $40.5 million to local agencies for transportation projects statewide. The grant money will be used for planning on projects that will reduce transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions and the impacts of climate change. Among the grants awarded were nearly...

Over $4B Being Invested in SoCal Rail, Transit & Freight Projects

When Los Angeles’ iconic Union Station turned 80 last month, Caltrans took the opportunity to note that the State is investing more than $4.4 billion in Southern California regional rail, transit and freight mobility projects. Some of this historic investment...

Experts Say We Need to Treat Infrastructure Funding as ‘Exigent Crisis’

Infrastructure experts say there is ample room for creativity in developing solutions to fix the nation’s transportation infrastructure, but elected officials must overcome their differences and work together if they hope to succeed. Internationally recognized law firm Arent Fox recently...

CA Ranks 41st in the Nation for Transportation Infrastructure

Throughout history, transportation has played a key role in the development of the American economy, determining where and when growth happens, which is why U.S. News and World Report allots ‘transportation infrastructure quality’ one-third of the weight when ranking America’s...

Inland Empire Agencies Partner to Improve Water Supply

One of the percolation ponds used to collect water and allow it to seep into the groundwater basin below. Source: San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District Three Inland Empire water agencies have partnered with San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District...

ACSE Drops California’s Infrastructure Grade to a C-

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)’s newly released infrastructure report card for California reveals that the state’s infrastructure systems earned a C- grade, marking a drop from the C grade received previously in 2012. The ASCE evaluated California’s infrastructure...

SoCal Prado Dam’s Risk Reclassified as High Urgency

Jan. 14, 2005 Crews use heavy machinery to stop a leak of excess rainwater from the Prado Dam Federal engineers have cautioned that Southern California’s Prado Dam is vulnerable to a significant flood event that could breach the nearly 80-year-old...

L.A.’s Freeways Have Slowed Down Since 2015

New data from the University of Southern California (USC) find that 31 of L.A.’s freeways have become progressively slower since 2015. As part of USC’s Crosstown Data Project, a team of journalists and data scientists examined the average weekday rush-hour speeds on...

AASHTO Supports Bipartisan Plan for $2T Infrastructure Package

A potential $2 trillion infrastructure spending package in the works following a White House meeting between President Trump and Congressional Democratic leadership. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has expressed its support for the announced bipartisan...

CA DWR to Award $222M in Grants for Water Management Projects

California’s Department of Water Resources (DWR) has $222 million in grant funding available for projects that help meet the long-term water needs of the state and incorporate integrated regional strategies — and the Department has now released final guidelines for...

America’s Infrastructure Workforce Challenge Also Presents an Opportunity

From clogged roads and unsafe bridges to unreliable water supplies, America’s infrastructure challenges are well-known. But less well-known is the enormous infrastructure workforce challenge facing the country. Infrastructure workers not only design and construct projects in the short-term, but maintain...

Cost to Repair CA’s Aging Deficient Bridges Estimated at $8.8 Billion

The American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) has published its annual report on the condition of the nation’s bridges. The report, based on analysis of Department of Transportation data, paints a grim picture of bridges throughout the country, saying...

Caltrans Director: Agency is Delivering on SB 1’s ‘Rebuilding California’ Promise

Caltrans’ mission is ‘to provide a safe, sustainable, integrated and efficient transportation system to enhance California’s economy and livability.’ And the timing of its latest Mile Marker Performance Report [link to: http://www.dot.ca.gov/milemarker/docs/MM-2019-Winter.pdf ] gave Caltrans Director Laurie Berman the opportunity...

Shaking the Piggy Bank — Monitoring SoCal’s Cash-Rich Special Districts

By Dave Sorem, P.E. ECA Government Affairs Chairman and Southern California Partnership for Jobs Chairman A recent article in...

Boost in Transportation Funding Bills Reflects Increase in Public Support

A new report issued by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) indicates that state transportation funding legislation is ramping up in 2019. Analysis by ARTBA’s Transportation Investment Advocacy Center finds that in just the first two months of...

White House 2020 Budget Decreases Transportation Funding by 22%

Experts say the United States badly needs to invest significant sums in its crumbling roads and bridges, congested airports, and aging infrastructure. Yet, in its newly released 2020 budget proposal, the White House has requested just $21.4 billion in discretionary...

SoCal Road Crews Address Spike in Road Maintenance Requests

Southern California’s recent wet weather has left road crews with a maintenance problem: roads full of dangerous potholes. Around the region, agencies have seen a spike in maintenance requests and are scrambling out road crews to address the problem of...

Interview with California Transportation Commission (CTC) Executive Director, Susan Bransen, regarding SB 1 progress

The California Transportation Commission is responsible for allocating and overseeing funding for transportation infrastructure in the state. This includes primary responsibility for SB 1 funding. John Hakel, Southern California Partnership for Jobs Executive Director, met with Ms. Bransen to learn...

Whittier Narrows Dam Classified as High Risk, $600M Upgrade Needed

In Pico Rivera, Southern California, the Whittier Narrows Dam stands like a guardian between the San Gabriel Mountains and the cities downstream from them. Its job is to make sure storms don’t become floods. But government studies show the dam...

Storms Cause Millions of Dollars in Damage to SoCal Highways

Highway 243 in Riverside County A series of heavy storms have slammed California causing mudslides in the Southland, snow along the West Coast, whiteout conditions in the Sierras, and rain totals well beyond normal. The storm systems dumped 18 trillion...

$35M Awarded to Six CA Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects

An artist’s rendering of the East County Advanced Water Purification site. Six water reclamation and reuse projects in California have been awarded a total of $35.3 million by the Bureau of Reclamation’s Title XVI program — and five of the six...

Infrastructure Stakeholders to Congress: Fix the Highway Trust Fund

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has begun the difficult task of crafting a bipartisan plan to bolster the nation’s aging infrastructure — and, although lawmakers agree that infrastructure policy is a top priority, they continue to differ on how...

Bipartisan Bill Dedicates CA Budget Funds to Much-Needed Water Projects

Testing desalination equipment in Ventura CA Assemblyman Devon Mathis (R-Visalia) has introduced a bipartisan amendment to the California Constitution to dedicate two percent of the state’s General Fund budget annually to rebuilding and enhancing the state’s water infrastructure beginning with...

California Ranks as One of the Worst States to Drive In

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Everyone hates being stuck in traffic. It makes you late and causes tempers to flare. But more tangibly, it’s costly — in fact, congestion costs the average driver over $1,400 per year in the USA, which is home...

SoCal Water District Invests $3.5M in Future Development

The Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California — the entity that delivers water to 26 public agencies and 19 million people in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties — announced that it has issued...

CA Awarded $187M for Water Infrastructure Projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last month that it has awarded $187.3 million to more than 180 California drinking water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout the state. The federal funds will be jointly shared by California’s Clean Water...

Caltrans Gets $600M for Highway Projects; $80M Funded by SB 1

Caltrans recently announced that the California Transportation Commission has allocated more than $600 million in funding for hundreds of transportation infrastructure, rail and local projects. The funding includes $80 million from Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the state’s gas tax increase that...

LA Metro Awards $515M for 710 Corridor Road Projects

Los Angeles Metro has approved $515 million for local transportation infrastructure projects, in lieu of completing a project to extend the 710 Long Beach Freeway. Ending decades of debate, both LA Metro and Caltrans have rejected the 710 Freeway extension...

LA County’s 100-year-old Water Infrastructure to Benefit from Measure W

Los Angeles County officials have hailed the passage of Measure W, the Safe Clean Water parcel tax. Proposed by the County Flood Control District and approved by the Board of Supervisors, the measure was put to voters on the November...

As Gas Prices Fall at the Pump, CA’s Gas Tax is Hard at Work Fixing Roads

California motorists have seen a steady downward trend in gasoline prices recently. In the Los Angeles, Long Beach and San Diego areas, the average price of a gallon of regular self-serve has dropped 25 cents over the past 30 days....

After voters keep gas tax, 15 Freeway toll lanes move ahead

Inland Empire officials are taking a first step toward building more toll lanes along the 15 Freeway, thanks to funds secured through the state’s gas tax. Construction of Express lanes is already underway on a section of the 15 Freeway...

Record number of cars expected on SoCal roads over Thanksgiving

The Automobile Club of Southern California says it’s expecting this year’s Thanksgiving holiday to be the busiest in Southern California since 2005, with 4.2 million residents expected to get away for the long weekend. The vast majority of Southern California...

LA Mayor Opposes Prop 6: Would Cripple 900 LA County Projects

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has joined engineers, first responders, public safety officers, construction workers and business groups to voice strong opposition to Proposition 6, saying a repeal of the state’s new gas tax could force years-long delays for transportation...

SCPFJ Part of Broad Coalition Opposed to Prop 6

Southern California Partnership for Jobs urges Californians to vote No on Prop 6 “SB1 provides over $5 billion annually in new funding statewide to make road and bridge safety repairs, fix local streets and roads, fill potholes, reduce traffic congestion,...

OCBC: Proposition 6 ‘a dangerous roadblock for CA economy’

Lucy Dunn, president of the Orange County Business Council and member of the California Transportation Commission, is concerned about the economic impacts of Proposition 6 – she says the measure is “a dangerous roadblock for California’s economy.” Proposition 6 on...

SB 1 Funds Essential to CA’s Poorly Performing Infrastructure

Concerned for the poor condition of California’s infrastructure, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has delivered a new report card on the state’s bridges, roads and transit systems, showing that California’s surface transportation infrastructure leaves much to be desired....

Echoing Public Opinion, SoCal Editorial Boards Oppose Prop 6

A new survey shows that the majority of California voters oppose Proposition 6 — the November ballot measure that would repeal Senate Bill 1 increases to the state gas tax to pay for improvements to roads, bridges and mass transit. “Across...

SBCAG Board Opposes Prop. 6 — It Would Put Highway Funds in Jeopardy

Concerned that Proposition 6 threatens investment in traffic safety projects and local road repairs — and would cut funding for a critical project already underway to widen US Highway 101 — the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) Board...

$71.5M in State Funding Paves Way for Riverside Co. Truck Lanes

Commuters and truckers weary of negotiating the steep, narrow, accident-prone section of the 60 Freeway through Riverside County’s Badlands can look forward to some much-needed improvements: new truck lanes to separate cars from semitrailers. In the works for years, $138...

CA Firefighters, Local Governments Voice Strong Opposition to Prop. 6

Public safety leaders and labor organizations joined government officials to voice strong opposition to Proposition 6 last week, warning that repealing California’s gas tax would be destructive and harmful to public safety. Press conferences were held in the state’s capital...

$690M in SB 1 Funds Allocated to CA Transportation Projects

The California Transportation Commission (CTC) has approved funding for more than 100 transportation projects funded entirely or partially by $690 million from SB 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. “These projects are a just a small portion...

LA’s Deficient Roads Cost Drivers $3K Per Year: Highest in California

Roads and bridges that are deteriorated, congested or lack some safety features cost California motorists a total of $61 billion annually due to higher vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion-related delays, according to a new report released by TRIP,...

SB 1 Funds to Improve LA Metro Safety and Speeds

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has approved plans for infrastructure improvements to the San Fernando Valley’s Metro Orange Line. Plans will boost both safety and performance and prepare the bus line for its future conversion to light...

SoCal Airports Receive FAA Infrastructure Grants

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded $770.8 million in new airport infrastructure grants, the third part of $3.2 billion in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) allotments this year, intended to strengthen safety and efficiency at airports across the United States....

Report: Boost to California Localities from SB 1 Investment

A series of six new reports find that California’s Senate Bill 1 will generate between $9.7 billion and $34.5 billion in economic activity and user benefits in California’s major regions over the next decade. The additional demand, in turn, will...

SoCal Water Projects Win $388M in State Funding

The California Water Commission has approved $2.7 billion in funding for a variety of water storage projects across California. The eight proposed projects would boost California’s water storage capacity by 4.3 million acre-feet. 0ne acre-foot is enough to cover an...

SB 1 Enables Caltrans to Tackle Significant SoCal Repair & Safety Projects

The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 1) provides the California Department of Transportation with an ongoing funding increase of approximately $1.8 billion annually for the maintenance and rehabilitation of the state highway system. The agency reports...

Riverside Co. to Receive State Funds for Infrastructure Improvements

Riverside County is set to benefit from important revenue programs that were established through Senate Bills passed by the California Legislature. Thanks to 2017’s Senate Bill 1 and 2014’s Senate Bill 862, the county will see an influx of state...

Infrastructure a Top Priority for Cities – SB 1 Funds Helping Los Angeles

Percent of speeches related to these topics Amid the absence of long-term infrastructure funding assurances from the White House, local elected officials continue to sound the alarm on the challenges stemming from inefficient transportation networks. Infrastructure continues to top the...

Cheaper gas or better roads?

There’s a battle looming over the condition of California’s roads. On one side are state and local officials successfully funding road repairs and transportation projects with the billions of dollars raised through SB 1: The Road Repair and Accountability Act of...

$218M in SB 1 Funds for San Bernardino Co. Transportation Projects

The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) recently announced $287 million in newly funded transportation projects that will help shape the future of one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. The majority of the funds, $218 million,...

$200M in SB 1 Funds added to $47M Grant for I-5 Traffic Relief

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has received a $47 million Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to address Interstate 5’s chronic congestion in the Santa Clarita Valley. The new federal grant...

CA Voters Pass Prop 69 to Protect Critical SB 1 Funds

  Proposition 69 passed handily last week with a clear majority of California voters in favor of the measure. 80% of voters are in agreement that the $5 billion raised annually by the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017...

SB 1 is working. $1.2B awarded to SoCal projects.

Speaking at a transportation conference in Los Angeles, one year after the passage of the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, Gov. Jerry Brown called attempts to repeal SB 1 a “political stunt” that is “deceptive, unfair and un-Californian.”...

Editorial Boards Concur: Vote Yes on Prop 69

Early morning traffic makes its way along the 91 Freeway in Riverside County. A new report from a nonpartisan think tank finds that the recently passed $52.4 billion transportation funding bill, which raises the gas tax...

Prop 69 puts CA’s transportation funds in a lockbox. Vote Yes.

The following is a summary of an endorsement by the LA Times Editorial Board: Last year, legislators and Gov. Jerry Brown agreed to increase taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel, and to impose new and bigger fees on vehicles, to...

Candidates for governor in favor of gas tax to fix CA roads, bridges

California’s highways, roads, dams, and bridges are in bad shape and getting worse, and the six leading candidates to become the state’s next governor all agree that something must be done – with four of those six candidates in favor...

Bridge Replacement Project to Bring Lasting Economic Impacts

At the Port of Long Beach, construction on the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project continues to go as planned. The Gerald Desmond Bridge has become a vital part of the nation’s infrastructure, with nearly 15 percent of the nation’s waterborne...

Six of Nation’s Worst Truck Bottlenecks are in SoCal

SB 1 Funding Will Help Alleviate These Problems, Speed Goods Movement According to a recent report by the American Transportation Research Institute, seven of the nation’s 65 worst truck bottlenecks are in California; and six of these are found at...

Prop. 69 would block lawmakers raiding SB 1 fuel taxes and fees. Vote yes on Prop. 69.

The following is a summary of an editorial piece by the Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards: It’s hard to figure why anyone would oppose Proposition 69. Placed on the June 5 ballot by state lawmakers, the measure...

SB 1 Helps CTC Adopt $3B Infrastructure Improvement Plan

The California Transportation Commission recently adopted the 2018 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which is expected to fund more than $3 billion in transportation projects over the next five years. The transportation improvement program, which outlines financing plans for future...

Caltrans Projects Funded by SB 1 to Relieve Freight Congestion

The California Department of Transportation has outlined a series of projects to ease congestion along major CA freight corridors over the next 10 years. Caltrans has identified a list of 45 “pinch-points” to plan projects that will facilitate truck traffic...

Four-Year Program Dedicates $18B for Critical CA Transportation Projects

2018 SHOPP Performance Measures

California’s 2018 State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) has been adopted by the California Transportation Commission. The four-year program dedicates almost $18...

SB 1 Prompts Caltrans to Add 2,000 Jobs

California’s state transportation agency is looking to fill thousands of jobs to meet growing demand for work spurred on by the passage of SB 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. Caltrans plans to swell its staff by...

Major $183B Boost to CA Economy Expected from SB 1

New analysis finds that transportation investments enacted under California’s Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) will generate nearly $183 billion in economic activity and user benefits throughout all sectors of the state’s economy over 10 years. The additional demand, in turn, will...

What Is Proposition 69 and Why Is It Important?

More than once in the past, California legislators and governors have raided funds raised for transportation through taxes and fees to support shortages in the General Fund and for other purposes. In most cases, those misappropriated funds have been returned,...

710 Freeway Gets a Big Win, With More Coming

After 20 years of neglect, SoCal’s most important transportation network for goods movement, the 710 Freeway, has received support from LA Metro for major improvements. For decades, the 710 Freeway has been the commercial spine of Southern California, funneling thousands...

SoCal Economists Against Repeal of State’s Gas Tax (SB1)

The San Diego Tribune asked a panel of SoCal economists and business experts:  Is repealing the recently increased state gas tax a good idea? The majority of the experts (10 out of 14) responded “NO” — and here’s why: NO:...

Trump Funding Plan May Help SB 1 Supporters Stave off a Repeal

Three months after California began collecting additional gas taxes through the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (SB 1), officials have put dozens of road and bridge repair projects on the fast track — and motorists are noticing. Like...

White House Infrastructure Plan Puts Burden on State and Private Money

Unveiled last week, President Trump’s $200 billion plan to rebuild America is intended to attract a huge amount of additional money from states, localities and private investors. The goal is to generate a total pot of $1.5 trillion to upgrade...

What Construction Wants from Trump’s infrastructure Plan

During President Trump’s State of the Union address, the construction industry — and the nation — got a brief look at the scope of his long-awaited $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan, but Congress and the White House must still hammer out...

OC Breaks Ground on $1.9B Expansion of I-405

Orange County transportation officials have kicked off construction on a $1.9 billion expansion of the Interstate 405 San Diego Freeway between Costa Mesa and the county’s border with Los Angeles. The innovative project is aimed at speeding up commute times...

U.S. Chamber: It’s Time to Modernize America’s Infrastructure

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the latest influential organization to declare that America’s infrastructure has fallen so far behind that it is holding our economy back. As the leading voice of America’s business community, the Chamber say it’s time...

Brown’s 2018 Budget Puts $4.6B in New SB 1 Funds to Work

California’s Governor Jerry Brown has released his proposed 2018 budget, and the transportation portion of the budget received a big boost from the state’s newly passed SB 1. Gov. Brown proposed spending $4.6 billion — funds generated from SB 1’s...

America’s Manufacturers Urge White House to Tackle Infrastructure

California Already Has Begun Through SB 1 America’s manufacturers are urging President Trump to make good on a campaign promises to find money to repair the nation’s highways, airports, dams and bridges. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), which represents...

Why SB 1 Is So Important

Here’s what you need to know about the recently passed tax bill and the challenges it creates for our underfunded infrastructure sector: Infrastructure is essential for economic activity and growth in America, but our nation has accumulated an infrastructure “debt.”...

SB 1 on Track to Improve CA Transportation, Despite Misguided Repeal Efforts

Californians pay the price for the state’s deferred infrastructure maintenance; it’s estimated that crumbling roads cost CA motorists $762 a year per driver. With a massive $130 billion backlog in road repairs, California needed to act independently of Congress to...

Happy New Year from SoCal Works

Throughout 2017, the Southern California Partnership for Jobs (SCPFJ) worked tirelessly to improve infrastructure funding and create career construction jobs in the Southern California region. Southern California faced many infrastructure challenges in 2017: CA’s 2017 Highway Repair Bill is Highest...

CA’s TAMP Shows Critical Impact of SB 1 Funding

California’s Transportation Asset Management Plan is a new data-driven policy that will inform future investment decisions for maintaining California’s highway infrastructure today and into the future. The draft TAMP lays out substantial performance targets for California’s transportation system, but shows that...

Measure M Funds $1.5B L.A. Metro Gold Line Extension

Marking the first Measure M-funded rail project to move forward to construction, ground has broken on a $1.5 billion, six-station extension of L.A. Metro’s Gold Line light rail system. The 12.3-mile extension, which is expected to take nine years to...