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Senate Reviews Statewide Transportation Funding Needs

January 27, 2012

On Tuesday, the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee held an informational hearing on the 2011 Statewide Transportation System Needs Assessment. Commissioned by the California Transportation Commission (CTC), the assessment was a collaboration of many agencies and organizations that participate in transportation planning in California. The report includes the needs of all modes of transportation, including highways, local streets and roads, bridges, airports, seaports, railways, and public transit.


The findings of the report are staggering. The 10-year needs estimate is $538 billion, $341 billion for preservation and maintenance alone. Included in the Statewide Transportation Needs Assessment are the results of the 2010 Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment. During Tuesday's hearing, Randy Breault, president of the League's Public Works Officers Department and city of Brisbane public works director, reported that the Local Needs Assessment shows an almost $80 billion deficit over the next 10 years. Breault and other local government representatives requested that the Legislature refrain from channeling transportation funding elsewhere and acknowledged the need for a larger conversation on how California will fund transportation in the future.

Now that the Statewide Needs Assessment has been completed, the challenge will be to identify proposals on how to meet the needs of the transportation system. The League looks forward to joining our transportation partners in meeting that challenge.

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