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.” Brown told state and local officials gathered at the Mobility 21 conference that SB 1 is necessary because federal help on transportation infrastructure was not likely to be coming soon.
At stake are $52.4 billion over 10 years from SB 1 for fixing potholes, repairing hundreds of bridges, resurfacing roads and freeways, adding new rail service and bikeways, and goods movement equipment at the ports that supporters say will reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.
The California Transportation Commission has approved the latest round of funding from SB 1, amounting to $2.7 billion for 61 transportation projects—bringing the total dollars allocated since SB 1 was signed to $9 billion.
“SB 1 is working, it is improving our neighborhoods and creating tens of thousands of jobs,” said Brian Annis, secretary of the California State Transportation Agency. The measure has funded 32 miles of roadway repaving in Los Angeles County and 72 miles in San Bernardino County in the first year, he said.
$1.2 billion was awarded to projects in Southern California, including:
- $44M for completing the Route 71 freeway in Chino/Pomona
- $22M for the 57/60 freeways confluence chokepoint in Diamond Bar/City of Industry
- $18M for I-5 improvements in Orange County, plus $247M in additional I-5 improvements
- $290M for the Metro Gold Line Foothill extension from Azusa to Montclair
- $150M for the Metro Connector 96th Street Transit Station project
- $75M for Metro Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit improvement in the San Fernando Valley
- $20M for a Green Line light-rail extension from Redondo Beach to Torrance
Speaking alongside Gov. Brown in support of SB 1, Los Angeles Mayor and LA Metro chair Eric Garcetti said the gas tax only costs about as much as a popped tire. But if it were repealed, 50 percent of projects would be killed and restarting projects would cost more in the future.
Garcetti said, “SB1 is putting billions of dollars to work fixing our roads and creating more sustainable transportation options—giving Californians healthier air to breathe, less congestion, and good-paying jobs that will stimulate economic growth across our state.”
At the close of the conference, Mobility 21’s leaders championed SB 1’s economic impact and creation of 682,000 jobs throughout California, an average of 68,000 jobs per year.
Southern California Partnership for Jobs supports infrastructure investment. We advocated for the passage of SB 1, a new transportation funding source that is becoming ever more critical for California.
Source: OC Register & Various