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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...

Global Study Tackles Challenges of U.S. Infrastructure Shortfall

Infrastructure drives any modern economy. Yet the effects of years of underinvestment in infrastructure are in plain sight across the U.S. The White House is due to announce plans to stimulate $1 trillion of investment in essential infrastructure, but what...

SB 1 Is Bringing Improvements to Your Local Area

The Local Streets and Roads Program is just one arm of funding provided by the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (SB 1). Other programs include the Active Transportation Program, the State Highway Operation And Protection Program, and the...

Southern California Commutes Ranked as Nation’s Most Stressful

Americans will hit the road in record numbers over the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend. According to AAA’s annual forecast, nearly 51 million Americans — the most since 2005 — will travel 50 miles or more to their holiday destinations. And the vast...

Orange County Completes $663M Bridges Project

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) has celebrated a major transportation milestone with the completion of the O.C. Bridges program, which during the last five years built a total of seven bridges and underpasses to separate motorists and pedestrians from...

90 New Transportation Projects to Benefit from SB 1 Funding

Due to the imminent influx of revenue from California’s Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (SB 1), Caltrans has already been able to advance more than $5 billion in ‘fix-it-first’ transportation projects for earlier completion — and continues to...

Like California, majority of states are raising taxes to fix roads

After California’s Legislature passed Senate Bill 1, The Road Repair and Accountability Act, four other states passed funding plans dedicated to improving transportation: Indiana, Montana, Tennessee and South Carolina. California and these four states are the latest to join a...

Major Quake in Southern California Could Cause $300B in Losses

Experts say Southern California is long overdue for a major earthquake along the 800-mile San Andreas Fault — and analysis by catastrophe-modeling firm AIR Worldwide predicts the price tag for California could approach “upwards of $300 billion.” According to...

Poll: Majority Oppose the Repeal of California’s SB-1

A new poll indicates that the majority of California voters oppose repealing the state’s newly approved gas tax, signed into law by Governor Brown in April of this year. The poll asked 1,000 California voters whether they would vote...

More Wildfires Mean More Maintenance on Dams

Water quality and supply in many western cities could suffer in the future as wildfires burn hotter and more frequently, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey. The culprits are erosion and sedimentation. After a wildfire, there...

LA’s Public Transit on Track for the 2028 Olympics

Now that Los Angeles has reached an agreement with the Olympic Committee to host the 2028 Olympic Summer Games, LA Metro is confident that its expanding transit system will be ready to serve the city during the games. With the...

Whittier Narrows Dam unsafe; could trigger catastrophic flooding

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has determined that the 60-year-old Whittier Narrows Dam is structurally unsafe and poses a potentially catastrophic risk to the working-class communities along Southern California’s San Gabriel River floodplain. An estimated one million people...

SoCal Airports Receive Millions in Infrastructure Grants

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $318.1 million in airport infrastructure grants to 78 airports in 34 states — and three Southern California airports are among the grant recipients. The grants are part of the FAA’s Airport Improvement...

The lessons Hurricane Harvey offers Southern California

Bringing over 50 inches of rain in less than five days, Hurricane Harvey caused $100 billion in damage and dozens of deaths. The devastation wrought by the powerful hurricane was, officials say, exacerbated by waters warmed and expanded by...

Proposed Bill Threatens Needed Infrastructure Projects and Jobs Into the Future

California has a rich history of actively protecting its natural resources — our environmental laws are the strongest in the nation. Californians expect state statutes such as the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to work on behalf of their communities....

Leaving LA at rush hour? How far can you get?

It’s Friday afternoon and you’re ready to escape the city. If you picked up your keys and hit the road, how far could you get in an hour? In Los Angeles, you might not get far from city limits....

Green Light for CA Water Tunnels Project

California’s plan to build a pair of massive tunnels to move Sacramento River water past the Delta and into the state’s water distribution system has reached a milestone. After a decade of planning and analysis, the state’s Department of Water...

Riverside Co. gets $152M Build America Loan for I-15 Project

Riverside County’s Transportation Commission has been awarded $152 million in funds for a project to construct express toll lanes along the Interstate 15 corridor. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau in the form of a long-term,...

93 CA Dams Need Reassessment Before Next Flood Season

The state agency tasked with managing the safety of 1,250 dams in California has identified 93 dams that require a “comprehensive assessment” to ensure they can last through next year’s flood season. More than a dozen dams in Southern California...

SoCal Projects on Caltrans ‘Fix it First’ List

Caltrans has announced it is fast tracking more than $285 million in construction work as part of its ‘Fix it First’ initiative. Thirteen projects are underway and another 50 will start next year. The agency is able to jump-start these...

SoCal County Approves Toll Lane Project as House Cuts DOT Funding

  The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) has approved a $1.8 billion project to add toll lanes to a 33-mile section of Interstate 10, running from the Los Angeles County line to Redlands. Construction is slated to begin in...

More than 200 CA State Highway Bridges at Risk of Erosion

More than 200 state highway bridges in California are slated for repairs, reinforcement or replacement because they’re prone to a type of erosion known as ‘bridge scour.’ Bridge scour — the removal of sediment from around bridge abutments or piers...

Foreign Investment Key to U.S. Infrastructure Plan

The White House believes that foreign investment will play a key role in fulfilling President Trump’s promise to upgrade the nation’s roads, bridges, airports and other public works. The President’s $1 trillion infrastructure package relies heavily on private sector investment....

Rising U.S. Traffic Continues Adding Pressure on Infrastructure

Major holiday weekends shine a spotlight on how our infrastructure copes with excess traffic. AAA predicts that during this July 4th holiday, 37.5 million Americans will hit the road to drive to their Independence Day destinations, an increase of 2.9%...

Bipartisan Push for Highway Trust Fund Fix

More than 250 House lawmakers — both Republican and Democrat — want to see a fix for the ailing Highway Trust Fund (HTF) included in any tax reform package this year. The fund, which distributes money around the country for...

OCTA Approves $1.2B Budget for Transportation Solutions

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Board of Directors has approved a balanced budget of more than $1.2 billion for the upcoming year. This balanced budget is a result of OCTA’s mission to deliver long-term sustainable transportation solutions for the...

Highway 1 Landslide is Part of a $1B Problem for California

The massive landslide south of Big Sur that closed Highway 1 is one dramatic piece of a larger road repair challenge facing California in the wake of this winter’s record rains. As the dust settles from the landslide, which was...

Abandoned 710 tunnel leaves millions for new transport projects

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has made the landmark decision to scrap a controversial proposal to extend the 710 freeway with a five-mile tunnel from Alhambra to Pasadena.  The vote took place after two hours of public...

2017 Infrastructure Week Advocates for Crucial Investment

The fifth annual Infrastructure Week was held from May 15-19 — a national week of education and advocacy that brings together American businesses, workers, elected leaders, and individual citizens to discuss the critical role infrastructure plays in our economy. More...

Raising the Gas Tax Is No Longer Taboo In Many States

When Gov. Brown signed SB 1 into law, California joined company with a growing number of states that have implemented laws to raise fuel taxes to help pay for transportation infrastructure. A total of 22 states have passed laws imposing...

Federal Funds added to Measure M Funds for OC Streetcar

Plans to build Orange County’s first modern streetcar took another step forward with the announcement that the project will receive $50 million from the federal government. The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is developing the project, which is expected to...

Here’s how SB 1 revenues will be put to work for California

Now that Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) into law, California will have an estimated $52 billion more to help cover the state’s transportation needs for the next decade. SB 1, the largest road-funding plan in...

CA’s 2017 Highway Repair Bill is Highest in Two Decades

The California legislature’s approval of a $52 billion road repair plan for the state couldn’t come too soon for the rain-battered streets and highways that have already suffered severe damage this year. Since the beginning of the year, California’s state...

Infrastructure is Critical to Driving Small Business Growth

According to Small Business Majority, a national small business advocacy organization, “Small businesses aren’t simply the backbone of the American economy; they are its foundation.” Remarking that, “entrepreneurship is essential to ensuring an economy that benefits all Americans,” the organization...

AASHTO to Congress: Fix Broken Highway Trust Fund

The primary federal funding mechanism for transportation infrastructure projects will run out of money once the FAST Act expires in 2020, says Bud Wright, executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). AASHTO is urging...

LAX Infrastructure Investment to Bring Jobs to SoCal

Los Angeles city leaders and airport officials have broken ground on the latest multibillion-dollar expansion of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti sees the project as a source of jobs for the region — and as...

Los Angeles is the World’s Most Traffic-Clogged City

When it comes to getting stuck in traffic on the way to and from work, Los Angeles leads the world. Drivers in the region spent 104 hours each driving in congestion during peak travel periods last year—more than any other...

California’s $100-billion Infrastructure Wish List

  With President Trump pledging $1 trillion for infrastructure projects, California officials have proposed a list of $100 billion in projects for possible federal funding to help rebuild the Golden State’s system of crumbling roads and bridges and improve transit and...

America’s Infrastructure Still Rates No Better Than D+

The most authoritative report of America’s infrastructure gives the country’s crumbling roads, bridges, dams, and other essential underpinnings an overall D+ grade. Not a single element of America’s framework received an A grade. The American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE)...

A Road Map for California’s Transportation Funding Package

The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO), the California Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal and policy advisor, has published its analysis of the Transportation Funding Package in the Governor’s 2017-2018 budget. The report notes that, “California has a large and complex network of transportation...

SoCal Tops List of Most-Traveled Structurally Deficient Bridges

A newly released list of America’s structurally deficient bridges shows that nine of the ten most-traveled structurally deficient bridges in the nation are in Southern California. The new report comes from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), based on an analysis...

After Oroville, Supervisors Order Inspections of L.A. County Dams

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has ordered a sweeping inspection of all county dams, spillways, drainage basins, and other flood control infrastructure. The action was prompted by the recent emergency situation at Lake Oroville in Northern California, when failures...

Fiscal Outlook for CA Roads Remains Treacherous

The fiscal outlook for California’s roads remains treacherous, says the League of California Cities, noting that “street and road conditions throughout California continue losing ground without a significant investment from the state.” The League, California State Association of Counties (CSAC)...

Emergency Funding Needed to Fix SoCal’s Highways after Storm Damage

Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency across California due to recent heavy storms that caused tens of millions of dollars in damage to infrastructure. Gov. Brown issued two emergency proclamations to “secure funding to help communities respond...

The Importance of Investing in SoCal’s Freight Rail Network

Goods movement is Southern California’s largest industry, employing 2.9 million people in the region. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are the two largest port complexes in the country, and combined they rank tenth in the world.  A...

Gov. Jerry Brown has a Bigger Plan to Fund CA Transportation

With negotiations stuck in a traffic jam of competing priorities, Gov. Jerry Brown’s new state budget offers another effort to boost California’s transportation funding by raising the gas tax paid by the state’s drivers. Gov. Brown’s plan, unveiled last week,...

Measure M Funds added to Federal Funding for LA Metro Subway Extension

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has lined up nearly $1.5 billion in federal funding for the second phase of the Purple Line subway that will eventually run from Downtown Los Angeles to Westwood. The $1.5 billion comes in...

Why California can’t afford more delay on roads

Local governments and organizations like SCPFJ have spent the last two years sounding the alarm about California’s crumbling transportation network and educating policymakers about the poor condition of our streets and highways and the cost to fix them. Unfortunately, California...

Failure of Measure J Means “Belt Tightening” for SLO County Infrastructure

Measure J, a countywide half-cent sales tax to fund transportation improvements in San Luis Obispo County, failed by just 500 votes. It needed 66.67% votes to pass, but received 66.31%. The measure would have provided $225 million in funding over...

New Transportation Funding Bill Introduced to CA Legislature

On the first day of the new 2017-18 California legislative session, Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) introduced a new Transportation Bill aimed at raising an additional $6 billion in annual funding to repair state and local roads, improve trade corridors and...

Report: Majority of Southern California’s roads are considered “at risk”

A new report finds that pavement conditions statewide are declining, and current funding levels are insufficient to properly fix or maintain streets, roads, bridges, sidewalks, storm drains and traffic signs. The ‘California Local Streets & Roads Needs Assessment Report’ breaks the...

$1.2B Awarded for Orange County 405 Improvement Project

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) has approved the largest design-build contract in its history, awarding $1.2 billion for lane expansions on Interstate 405. Set to begin construction next year, the I-405 Improvement Project is a major step in the...

New Funding for California Infrastructure Projects

The California Transportation Commission (CTC) has allocated $244 million in new funding to 71 projects that will improve highways, bridges and passenger rail and help develop more active transportation options. Yet earlier this year CTC adopted a five-year state transportation...

Voter Support for SoCal Transportation Funding Impacts Quality of Life

As a true partnership of labor and management, the Southern California Partnership for Jobs (SCPFJ) advocates for sustained funding for transportation infrastructure in Southern California. SCPFJ represents over 90,000 union workers and their families (totaling more than 350,000 persons) and...

California a Leader in National Trend for Transportation Ballot Measures

Nearly one-third of California’s 58 counties will ask voters to approve transportation taxes this November, part of a record-setting number of measures appearing on ballots across the nation. Voters in California counties — including Los Angeles County with its $121...

Voice of San Diego: Measure A for Roads and Transit is Worth Supporting

As Election Day approaches, nonprofit news organization Voice of San Diego is urging its readers to make sure they vote for measures that invest tax dollars wisely — asserting that Measure A is the only big local tax measure on...

SCPFJ supports four half-cent county election measures

New SoCal Transportation Growth Initiative Pledges Support for Local Infrastructure Funding Proposals in Four Counties — Partnership of Labor and Management to Provide $550,000 to Back Half-Cent Tax Measures in Los Angeles, San Diego, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties...

Measure M would cost average family only $25 extra per year

A proposed countywide sales tax increase to pay for billions of dollars in new rail and highway improvements over coming decades would cost the average household in Los Angeles County an extra $25 a year, officials project. Economists say this...

L.A. Times: Residents need alternatives to sitting in soul-crushing traffic

The Los Angeles Times Editorial Board supports the passage of Measure M, saying Los Angeles County “cannot continue to prosper without investing in a modern, efficient transportation system.” Los Angeles County residents crave fast, convenient and affordable transportation options. Since...

California’s State Highway System ranks 42nd in the Nation

California’s state highway system ranks 42nd in the nation, according to Reason Foundation’s 22nd Annual Highway Report. The annual report ranks all 50 states in categories such as interstate pavement condition, traffic condition, deficient bridges, and spending per mile of...

Leaders Urge CA Legislature to Act on Transportation Funding

Saying that “it is time to stop ignoring the transportation needs of our state,” the Southern California Partnership for Jobs joined a coalition of more than four dozen economic and local government groups to urge California state lawmakers to restart...

L.A. Business Council Supports Measure M Transportation Investment

The Los Angeles Business Council has issued a statement advocating for the passage of Measure M on the November ballot, calling the plan “an imperative for the region.” Measure M, the Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan, ensures that funding...

California Agency Awards $390 Million in Transit Grants

The California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) recently announced 14 public transit projects would receive grants through the state’s Transit and Intercity Capital Program, which this year will distribute more than $390 million in proceeds from the state’s greenhouse gas emission...

Los Angeles will vote whether to self-finance its infrastructure future

Los Angeles voters will decide in November on a landmark plan to boost transportation investment in Los Angeles county. The measure would effectively create a permanent 1 cent sales tax solely for transportation projects by continuing a half-cent tax approved...

Deficient, Congested Roadways Cost CA Drivers $53.6 Billion Annually

According to a new report, roads and bridges that are deficient, congested or lack safety features cost California motorists a total of $53.6 billion every year — with parts of Southern California racking up the highest costs at more than...

Budget issues force L.A. to fix mediocre streets but let the worst go unrepaired

Although the overall quality of city streets in Los Angeles has improved since 2013, a geographic difference in street quality throughout the city remains an issue. Improvement rates in the San Fernando Valley are double those found in the rest of...

L.A. Metro’s Sales Tax Measure Would Add Jobs, Boost Economy

Los Angeles County voters will be asked in November to approve a half-cent sales tax increase that would continue indefinitely to fund a major expansion of Southern California’s transit network and boost the local economy. The County Board of Supervisors unanimously...

New Infrastructure Report Card Shows Orange County Grade Stalled at C+

Orange County’s infrastructure is in better shape than much of the nation’s, but will still require an investment of more than $22 billion over the next decade to make systems sustainable long term, experts announced, releasing a C+ Infrastructure Report...

SoCal Border Highway Project Gets $49.3M in Federal Funding

A Southern California state highway to a new border crossing aimed at reducing road congestion between the United States and Mexico has received $49.3 million in federal funding for its final leg. The San Diego Association of Governments announced that...

Cadiz Water Project Fully Certified Under California Environmental Quality Act

Cadiz Inc. has announced that the Cadiz Water Project— a long-term project designed to bring water to communities in drought-stricken Southern California — has been reviewed by the California Superior Court and found in compliance with the nation’s strictest environmental...

CA’s Interstate Highways Among Most Congested and Deteriorated in Nation

California’s Interstate highways are among the most congested and deteriorated in the nation. As the U.S. Interstate system marks its 60th anniversary, California’s Interstates ranking highest in congestion and second highest in disrepair. According to a new report released today...

CNN Four-Part Series: America’s Crumbling Infrastructure

CNN investigates the state of the country’s bridges, railways, airports and pipelines in a new four-part video series: America’s Crumbling Infrastructure, available online Over the recent July 4th and Memorial Day holidays, nearly 40 million Americans embarked on one of...

LA County 1/2 cent sales tax approved for November ballot

Los Angeles County transportation officials said Thursday they will seek voter approval in November for a half-cent sales tax increase to fund a major expansion of Southern California’s rail and highway network. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board of directors voted 11-2 to...

NLC Report Highlights Infrastructure Funding Tools in a New Era of Federalism

The National League of Cities (NLC) has released a report on the ability of cities to address the nation’s growing infrastructure challenges. The report points to an emerging era of “new federalism” in which the costs of building, operating and...

754M in Cuts to CA Transportation as Funding Fix Remains Elusive

In reaction to funding cuts announced by the California Transportation Commission (CTC) on May 18, hundreds of people led by unions, business leaders and local governments held a rally outside the state Capitol, calling on the Legislature to reach a...

Has California Had the Same Water Infrastructure Since the 1960s?

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, has called solving California’s water wars one of the toughest challenges of her career. She says California’s water infrastructure is outdated and its drought emergency persists. To help mitigate the problem, she has spearheaded a...

SLO County loses $45.1M in State Transportation Funds

The California Transportation Commission (CTC) last week took final action to cut $45.1 million in transportation funding for Southern California’s San Luis Obispo County — representing the largest transportation funding reduction at the state level in over 20 years. The...

LA Metro’s $1.5B Santa Monica Expo Train Expected to Increase Transit Adoption

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)’s new light rail extension to Santa Monica may prove to be one of the Authority’s surest bets on a transit line. The Expo Line extension between downtown Los Angeles and the beach city...

Report: America’s Infrastructure $1.44 Trillion Short

America will fall $1.44 trillion short of what it needs to spend on infrastructure through the next decade, a gap that could strip 2.5 million jobs and $4 trillion of gross domestic product from the economy, says a report from...

8 Good Reasons to Invest in Southern California’s Transportation System

The six-county Southern California region faces a variety of challenges as well as opportunities as it prepares to welcome 4 million additional people over the next quarter century. Add in robust growth within the logistics industry, one of the area’s...

Transit Spending Expected to Boost SoCal Economy by $81B

Joblessness in Los Angeles has been cut in half. And now new spending on transit projects could inject tens of billions of dollars into the Southern California economy and create over 400,000 new jobs, city officials and business leaders say....

New Legislation to Help SoCal Clean Water Infrastructure Projects

California lawmaker Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-West Covina, has joined forces with Rep. Pete DeFazio, D-Oregon, to introduce legislation that will help cities and communities finance critical clean water infrastructure projects. The “Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2016”...

High-Speed Rail Plans Tunnels for SoCal’s San Fernando Valley

Under the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s latest plan, some of the longest rail tunnels in North America would be used to bring the state’s high-speed rail tracks from Northern California into the San Fernando Valley in Southern California. Previous plans...

Metro’s $120B Plan to Transform Transportation in L.A.

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) CEO Phillip Washington is rolling out ambitious plans for the future of transportation in Los Angeles. At a recent board meeting, Washington unveiled a $120 billion plan that would involve putting a measure...

$170M Allotted for Calif. Road, Bridge and Transit Projects

The California Transportation Commission (CTC) has allocated $170 million in transportation funding to 49 projects around the state. This money will be used to improve the state’s aging roads and bridges and encourage the use of alternative forms of transportation....

New Transportation Plan Gives $3.6B to San Diego Cities

A San Diego county planning organization has developed a long-term plan to pay for road improvements, new rail lines and bus routes while giving cities control of billions of dollars to spend on local transit projects of their choosing. The...

Infrastructure Investment Pushed As Front-Burner Election Issue

Aiming to boost infrastructure investment as a bigger economic priority in U.S. policy for the next administration, a new coalition is pushing to gain support of its “Blueprint 2025” initiative in Congress and among the key presidential contenders. The focus...

California Eligible for Share of $2.1B in FHWA ‘Orphan’ Funds

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has announced how it will potentially distribute $2.1 billion of previously earmarked but unused or “orphan” highway project funds. California is eligible to receive $126.1 million—and federal-aid highway funds can typically be used for any...

Report: Infrastructure Spending Hits a 30-Year Low

A new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBBP) warns that state and local spending on infrastructure – including schools and wastewater treatment plants as well as highways and bridges – is at a 30-year low. According...

Analysis: Structurally Deficient Bridges Need to Be Fixed ASAP

The US is home to nearly 59,000 structurally deficient bridges, according to a new analysis report by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). Among them are the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City; the Memorial Bridge in Washington,...

LAX Airport to Get $5 Billion Infrastructure Upgrade

American airports are often viewed as substandard, with antiquated facilities and poor design. Not one U.S. airport made the top 25 in the 2015 Skytrax survey of the world’s best airports — and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) compared badly...

SCPJ joins SoCal Leaders to Demand Funding to Fix Our Roads

After the California Transportation Commission voted to cut $750 million in transportation funding, the Southern California Partnership for Jobs (SCPJ) joined a bipartisan group of local leaders to take action. Gathered at a news conference in Riverside County, elected officials,...

Falling Revenue Leads to Massive Cut in California’s Transit Funding

Faced with plummeting gasoline tax revenue, state transportation officials have announced plans to cut funding for road and transit projects by $754 million over the next five years — the greatest reduction in two decades. The 38% decrease approved by...

Inland Empire’s Future Rests on Transportation Infrastructure

More than $2 trillion worth of goods are transported into and through Southern California each year, making it one of the region’s most important economic drivers and biggest job creators. However, as freight volumes increase, the potential impact on the...

California’s Road Funding Crisis

At a recent forum in Riverside County, California’s Transportation Commission’s executive director Will Kempton discussed the road funding crisis facing the state. Kempton’s commission, which oversees transportation projects statewide, set up the forum and invited Inland Empire transportation officials to...

SoCal Officials Bracing for Potential Damage from Winter of Heavy Rains

Recent satellite images of the Pacific Ocean reveal the power and potential dangers of the El Niño weather pattern. At least four storms were brewing, the farthest still getting going in Asia, and all aimed at California. It’s this pattern—a...

Land Subsidence Damaging SoCal’s Water Delivery Infrastructure

A canal that delivers vital water supplies from Northern California to Southern California is sinking in places. So are stretches of the San Joaquin River. Four years of drought and heavy reliance on pumping of groundwater have made the land...

California’s Roads: Long Neglected Maintenance is Now Urgent and Expensive

California lawmakers are struggling to climb out of a deep hole. The gas tax that supports road repairs ranks among the highest in the country but the state has some of the worst roads in America. A recent report from...

President Obama Signs $305B Highway Bill to Help “Put Americans to Work”

President Obama has signed into a law a five-year, $305 billion highway bill, just hours before the scheduled expiration of the nation’s road and transit spending. The new law, paid for with gas tax revenue and a package of $70...

California’s Worst Freeway Interchange To Be Fixed Despite Funding Shortfall

The two-mile stretch where the 57/60 freeways converge in Diamond Bar, Southern California is known for its mingled freeways, dangerous lane configurations, heavy truck volume and hours–long traffic delays. Now a $260 million fix to the trouble spot is expected...