April 20, 2012
The House approved a transportation bill on Wednesday afternoon that should allow the discussion on a long-term transportation reauthorization to move to a conference committee.
April 13, 2012
The League hosted a free webinar for members Thursday, April 12 on the League’s major bills.
February 24, 2012
The House and Senate transportation authorizing committees kicked off February with a flurry of action on legislation to reauthorize the nation's surface transportation law, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-Lu), with the House's Transportation and Infrastructure, Natural Resources and Ways and Means Committees and the Senate's Banking Housing and Urban Affairs and Finance Committees all completing markups on their respective portions of their chambers' transportation reauthorization packages.
February 17, 2012
New Highway User Tax Account (HUTA) estimates for FY 2011-12 and FY 2012-13 (aka Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax, State Gas Tax) were recently updated and posted online. The estimates include projections for the longstanding Streets and Highways Code Sec 2105-2108 gas tax allocations as well as the new Streets and Highways Code Sec 2103 allocations which replace Proposition 42 state sales tax on gasoline allocations that were repealed in the 2010 gas tax swap.
February 10, 2012
Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) published a notice of funding availability (NOFA) for the fourth round of TIGER grants. DOT has also released a technical supplement to Appendix A on Benefit Cost Analysis entitled "BCA Resource Guide."
February 1, 2012
Last Thursday and Friday, the League's eight standing policy committees met in Sacramento to discuss legislative issues and plan for the coming year.
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.
December 16, 2011
On Thursday, the League hosted a webinar with the High Speed Rail Authority (HSRA) on the 2012 Business Plan. Participants heard first hand from the HSRA on how this plan differs from previous ones. The new plan uses conservative ridership and revenue estimates, assumes three percent inflation, and plans for a phased implementation and blended operations. A copy of the PowerPoint presentation can be found on the League's website.