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Grant opportunities you won’t want to miss!

INTERVIEW WITH STEVE SAMUELIAN, CALIFORNIA CONSULTING On August 4th, I had the pleasure of meeting (via Zoom) with Steve Samuelian, California Consulting, to discuss some amazing grant opportunities. Owner of California Consulting, Inc., California’s largest grant writing organization, Steve and his team...

Update: LV-LA High-Speed Rail Wins an Additional $200M Bond Allocation

Plans for a new high-speed rail line that will connect Southern California to Las Vegas are forging ahead after the project has been awarded another critical public funding allocation. The XpressWest rail project has won $200 million of private activity...

Caltrans Completes Statewide Climate Assessment to Adapt Transportation System

In an ongoing effort to identify the potential climate change vulnerabilities of the California State Highway System, Caltrans has completed the last two of 12 district-based Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Reports that examine the potential climate impacts to each district’s...

School Construction Could Help LA Rebound from Pandemic

California Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislators on June 21 reached a budget deal which promises to keep in place current spending for K-12 schools and community colleges. This is good news for contractors looking for a post pandemic rebound in the...

Survey 75% Support Gas Tax Increase Dedicated to Infrastructure Maintenance

According to a new survey exploring public support for raising federal transportation revenues through gas taxes and mileage fees, 75% of respondents support a 10¢ increase in the gas tax if the revenue raised is dedicated to maintenance projects. The...

Public Works – LA County is OPEN for online business

Keep up the good work! And follow these good health practices for you and your community. Building projects continue — and the County is extending the expiration date on permits and plans to help you get your project done! We...

Napolitano Secures Over $37 Billion for CA Highways & Transit, Key Local Priorities, and Critical Improvements to Nation’s Water Infrastructure in House Infrastructure Package

Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte), is a strong advocate for securing clean, inexpensive water supplies that we can rely on even in times of drought. She has fought for increased water recycling, improved water conservation, and environmental protections for...

$84 Million in Grants Awarded to CA Water Resilience Projects

To continue California’s progress toward establishing a more climate resilient future, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has awarded $83.9 million in Integrated Regional Water Management Program grants to communities across the state, including Southern California’s San Diego region....

Caltrans and XpressWest Complete Lease Agreement for High-Speed Passenger Rail between Las Vegas and Southern California

High-Speed Rail Project Will Be Built in the Median of Interstate 15 SAN BERNARDINO, CA – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) on authority from the California State Transportation Agency has entered into a lease agreement allowing XpressWest,...

Special Report: COVID-19’s Impacts on America’s Infrastructure

The coronavirus pandemic is worsening the problem of infrastructure underinvestment, and the main solution is to increase federal spending in that area, says a new report from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). COVID-19’s Impacts on America’s Infrastructure is...

House Set to Vote on $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Package

The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote this week on a $1.5 trillion infrastructure package, about one third of which is a five-year surface transportation reauthorization. The $494 billion highway and transit portion of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward...

OC Water District Awarded $3.6M to Increase Drinking Water Supply

The Orange County Water District (OCWD) has been awarded a $3.6 million grant from the California Department of Water Resources Integrated Regional Water Management grant program for use toward the construction of its Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS) Final Expansion project....

School Construction Investments Important for CA’s Economic Recovery

As California looks towards a post-pandemic economic recovery, the state urgently needs a  “stimulus to the California economy that invigorates job creation while rectifying the significant racial and geographic inequities that existed before the crisis,” says non-profit bipartisan organization California...

LA Metro Capital Improvement Update

This past week I had the pleasure of listening to a webinar featuring Tim Lindholm, Senior Executive Officer of Project Management at Los Angeles Metro. His discussion revolved around small and medium Capital Projects, such as facilities, stations, and bridges....

The New Normal: 3 ways the coronavirus crisis is changing construction

In the span of a few short months, the coronavirus crisis has demanded sweeping changes from the U.S. construction industry, and experts say many of them will remain in place even after the outbreak recedes. From reliance on new technologies...

SoCal Rail Projects Secure Millions in Federal Grants

Twelve projects that will repair and rehabilitate passenger rail infrastructure across the U.S. have been awarded more than $302 million in grants by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) through the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program. Funding was...

OCTA Accelerates Essential Transportation Improvement Projects

Even as millions of California residents follow state orders to stay home to help stop the spread of COVID-19, work continues at a rapid pace on essential transportation improvement projects across Orange County. With current reduced traffic volumes providing unprecedented...

Legislative Momentum Needs Push from Transportation Industry Grassroots

Four key congressional committee leaders offered optimistic assessments of the prospects for new infrastructure funding this year during the first-of-its-kind virtual Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) Washington Briefing. More than 750 transportation design and construction industry executives and advocates attended the...

Innovative project in San Diego County to bring significant benefits for future generations

The East County Advanced Water Purification Program has been strategically planned for many years as a regional water and wastewater solution. This program is a collaborative partnership between Padre Dam Municipal Water District, the County of San Diego, the City of...

Critical Flood Protection Project to Resume at Devil’s Gate Reservoir

With the close of the winter storm season, Los Angeles County Department of Public Works (DPW) will resume work on an essential infrastructure project at Devil’s Gate Reservoir in the City of Pasadena, CA. The Devil’s Gate Reservoir Restoration Project...

Viewpoint: Let’s Build Our Way Back Now

There is nothing that matters more to the U.S. economy right now than the depth and duration of the current recession. The industry that engineers, builds, finances and operates American infrastructure has an unusual opportunity to make that duration short...

Help us plan for Southern California’s water future

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is developing a new Integrated Water Resources Plan (IRP) in partnership with their local and regional water providers. The IRP incorporates multiple different scenarios to most effectively plan for, and address potential water...

White House Tackles Infrastructure Funding for Next Stimulus Package

A massive infrastructure investment could be a component of the next round of federal economic stimulus measures. After Congress cleared a nearly $500 billion small-business assistance bill, the White House intends to pursue funding for infrastructure projects in its fourth...

A Post Pandemic Construction Tsunami Could it be on its way?

No one knows for sure what the next few months have in store for the transportation market or the construction industry. Although some may have theories, it may be too soon to make any predictions. In the age of the...

Long Beach Airport Gets $21M Funding Increase Plus $18M in Federal Aid

When travelers are once again able to take to the airways, they will no doubt be hoping for “a stress-free and convenient travel experience.” Long Beach Airport (LGB) provides exactly that, said Airport Director Cynthia Guidry after USA Today readers...

LA Metro Speeds Up Essential Construction During COVID-19 Traffic Lull

In a March 30 letter to Gov. Newsom, Transportation California – a non-profit coalition whose member groups account for more than 200,000 California jobs – stated its gratitude for the governor’s “recognition that critical infrastructure sectors are vital to the State...

COVID-19: Not a Threat to CA’s Municipal Water Supply

The COVID-19 health emergency has prompted panic buying of bottled water that has emptied store shelves and sown confusion over water safety. But the Public Policy Institute of California wants to reassure the public that, “the virus is not a...

How one SoCal Construction Co. Is Adapting to Its New Essential Role

Given that construction is an essential function that needs to continue during the California stay-at-home orders, we wanted to find how Southern California’s construction companies are adapting to “business-as-unusual” during these times. Founded in 1902, Griffith Company of Brea, CA,...

CA’s Essential Construction Workers Mobilizing for Coronavirus Response

SAN DIEGO, CA – MARCH 20: The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) takes on supplies, March 20, 2020, at Naval Base San Diego, Calif. (Photo by Sarah Burford-U.S. Navy via Getty Images)...

CA Group Invested $274M in Water Infrastructure in 2019

Visalia Water Conservation Plant California Water Service Group has announced that it invested $273.8 million in water system infrastructure in 2019 to keep systems in its service area safe and reliable. California Water Service Group is the third largest publicly...

SB 1 Helps Fund $26M I-15 Improvement Project

Widening I-15 in Riverside County in September 2019 This month, Caltrans will begin a $26 million road improvement project on a heavily traveled and congested stretch of the Interstate 15 Freeway in San Bernardino County. The project includes $2.5 million...

City of Oceanside Starts $67M Water Purification Project

The City of Oceanside has broken ground on a new $67 million water purification project that positions the city to become the first in San Diego County to have access to recycled drinking water by 2022. The City says the...

Democratic Candidates Address Infrastructure Challenges

Four Democratic presidential candidates discussed U.S. infrastructure challenges at a recent campaign forum billed as the first-ever to focus on the issue. Hosted by United for Infrastructure, a nonprofit bipartisan coalition, the forum was an opportunity for candidates to address...

New Prop. 13 is a $15B Education Construction Bond

Thanks to California’s cyclical system for assigning ballot numbers, a measure named Proposition 13 is once again appearing on the state’s primary ballot — and this is creating some uncertainty among voters who may be confusing Proposition 13 on the...

Democrats’ Five-Year Plan Calls for $760B in Infrastructure Spending

Appealing to the White House to make infrastructure spending a bipartisan priority, U.S. House Democrats have unveiled a proposed $760 billion infrastructure spending bill over five years that aims to rebuild sagging roads and bridges and reduce carbon pollution. The...

CA Releases Draft Water Resilience Portfolio

State agencies have collaborated to release a draft Water Resilience Portfolio for California, with recommended actions to help the state cope with aging infrastructure, more extreme droughts and floods, rising temperatures, and other challenges. Shaped by months of public input,...

SoCal Transportation Plan Identifies $638.6 Billion in Projects

A new 25-year plan has identified $638.6 billion in transportation improvements for Southern California, including major projects in the counties of Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura. Devised by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the...

State Water Facilities Undergo Upgrades & Retrofits

Crews install piezometers on the gated spilway for the Pyramid Dam Modernization project in Los Angeles County. DWR/2019 The Department of Water Resources (DWR) recently announced it is moving forward with the modernization of State Water Project (SWP) facilities across...

Gov. Newsom Proposes $53 Billion for Infrastructure Spending

On January 10, California Governor Gavin Newsom submitted his 2020-21 State Budget proposal to the Legislature. The $222.2 billion budget, which includes a projected $5.8 billion surplus, aims to make “responsible investments in the state’s economic future while tackling head-on...

$200M in SB 1 Funded Projects to Improve CA Transportation, Mobility

The California Transportation Commission (CTC) has allocated more than $200 million for 27 fix-it-first highway projects and $42 million for 43 transit, bike and pedestrian projects that are partially funded by Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and...

Lack of Reauthorization Puts Future Transportation Growth at Risk

The U.S. transportation infrastructure market is expected to grow at least 5% next year, according to an annual economic forecast released December 4 by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). However, that growth could evaporate if surface transportation...

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...