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Local Government Officials, Business, Labor, Transportation Advocates Gather in Fresno to Urge Legislature to Pass Transportation Funding Package

March 23, 2016
Raising concern about the California Transportation Commission’s (CTCs) mandated cut of $754 million in transportation funding statewide, local elected officials, business officials, labor leaders and transportation officials gathered on Wednesday morning in Fresno near Highway 180 in Centerville to urge the Legislature and Governor Brown to pass a transportation funding and reform package immediately.
 
News conference speakers included:
  • San Joaquin Mayor Pro Tem Amarpreet Dhaliwal, chair, Fresno Council of Governments
  • Sanger Mayor Pro Tem Raul Cantu, policy board member, Fresno Council of Governments policy
  • Tulare City Council Member Craig Vejvoda, board member, League of California Cities
  • Fresno City Council Member Esmeralda Soria
  • Darius Assemi, vice chair, California Transportation Commission
  • Michael Quigley, executive director, California Alliance for Jobs
  • Mark Kyle, Operating Engineers Local 3
Background
 
Highway 180 serves as the gateway to Kings and Sequoia Canyon National Parks. It also serves as the main corridor for transporting agricultural goods through eastern Fresno County to be shipped around the world. Highway 180 westbound lanes have already been expanded from two lanes to four. Construction of Segment 3, to expand the east bound lanes, was set to start this summer. However, the last piece of the funding puzzle, state funding from the CTC needed to complete the project, may not come. This pulls the rug out from under the project and puts it at risk of delay or possible cancellation.
 


 
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