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California Governor’s Revised Budget Deploys $2.8B More in Transportation Funding

Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled a revised California budget that would tap a recently passed revenue-raising measure to distribute $2.8 billion in added transportation funding for the coming budget year, the initial payment of what will be $54 billion in new state and local project revenue over the next decade.

Brown said the May budget revision enhances oversight of the California Department of Transportation, focuses the additional funds on "fix-it-first" repairs of neighborhood roads and state highways and bridges, and  makes "key investments in trade and commute corridors" to support continued economic growth and implement a sustainable freight strategy.

capitol0816.jpgIt also matches locally generated funds for high-priority projects, and invests in passenger rail and public transit improvements, the governor's announcement said.

Inside the budget, it explains that the California Transportation Commission – which advises and assists the transportation secretary and the Legislature in shaping and evaluating state infrastructure policies, plans and funding – will add four positions to oversee annual development and ongoing management of the State Highway Operation and Protection Program and the Local Streets and Roads Program funding.

The commission will also allocate and oversee Caltrans' capital outlay project budgets and help implement the congested corridors, local partnership and trade corridor enhancement programs. And the commission will have an increased role in administering new program funding for the current active transportation and state transportation improvement programs.

The revised budget's addition of $2.813 billion is split about equally between state and local needs, and in the state program includes $445 million for Caltrans to increase highway repair and maintenance, another $400 million to begin tackling a backlog of bridge and culvert projects, $250 million for congested corridors and almost $200 million for trade corridor improvements.

Among local categories it directs $445 million in new spending on local roads, $330 million for transit and intercity rail capital needs plus $305 million in state assistance for local transit agencies.

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