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California Awards More SB1 Funding for Road, Freight Needs

The California Transportation Commission recently awarded more than $1.2 billion in Senate Bill 1 or "SB 1" funds for the six-county region represented by the Southern California Association of Governments back on May 22 – monies aimed at improving pavement conditions and freight throughput.

"We're using SB 1 revenue to invest in our state's future," noted Brian Annis, secretary of the California State Transportation Agency. "Projects around the state will address some of the most congested corridors, fix potholes and pavement, and make our roads and bridges safer and smoother for years to come. It's important we continue to invest in our infrastructure and provide new zero emission transit routes and vehicles to reduce commute times and give residents clean, convenient choices when traveling."

CalTransComLogo.jpgThe California State Legislature passed SB 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, last year and it is expected to raise $52 billion over the next decade for transportation – split equally between state and local investments, noted Hasan Ikhrata, SCAG's executive director.

"Our region is the largest trade gateway in the nation, handling over $3 trillion worth of goods annually and employing 2.9 million people," Ikhrata noted. "We will put SB 1 funds to work by removing truck bottlenecks and implementing highway-railroad grade separations, to improve traffic congested areas and maintain our region's competitive advantage for this important industry."

SB1 boosted several Golden State taxes and fees – including the state fuel tax – to raise over $5 billion annually in new transportation revenues, CalSTA added.

The approximately $1.2 billion in state funding for Southern California now being issued includes priority transportation projects as part of three competitive grant programs established under SB 1:

  • Congested Corridors Program: Funds projects designed to reduce congestion in highly traveled and highly congested corridors through performance improvements that balance transportation improvements, community impacts, and that provide environmental benefits.
  • Local Partnerships Program: Rewards counties, cities, districts and regional transportation agencies in which voters have approved fees or taxes solely dedicated to transportation improvements.
  • Trade Corridors Enhancement Program: Invests in infrastructure improvements on federally designated Trade Corridors of National and Regional Significance, on the Primary Freight Network and along other corridors that have a high volume of freight movement.
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