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Help Stop the Attack on Bridge and Road Safety

Prepare Your City to Oppose Repeal of Transportation Funding

June 25, 2018
Cities have a great deal at stake this fall since an initiative to eliminate more than $5 billion annually in existing transportation funding is expected to officially qualify for the November ballot by the end of today.
The League is part of the Coalition to Protect Transportation Improvements, a group representing firefighters, paramedics, cities, counties, local transportation agencies, the California Chamber of Commerce, environmental groups, business and labor organizations that has formed to fight the attack on bridge and road safety.  
Every city in California should oppose the elimination of funding for more than 5,000 state and local road and bridge safety and transportation improvement projects throughout the state. The loss of these projects will jeopardize public safety, lead to further deterioration of the roads and result in worse congestion.
“Cities have thousands of local transportation projects already in the pipeline that will make our roads safer and our commutes better. We have an obligation to every citizen and California driver to defeat this initiative,” said Carolyn Coleman, executive director, League of California Cities.
According to the national 2017 ASCE Infrastructure Report Card, 50 percent of California’s roads are in poor condition and nearly 1,400 bridges and overpasses are structurally deficient.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that there were more than 3,600 fatalities on California roads in 2016.
Join the Coalition to Protect Local Transportation Improvements
The Coalition to Protect Local Transportation Improvements is a diverse coalition of public safety advocates, engineers, local governments, businesses, labor, community and environmental organizations. The breadth of this coalition reflects the fact that safe, reliable and efficient roads are critical to every sector of California.  
City officials who want to be part the coalition and oppose the repeal can join online. In the coming week, the coalition will provide a toolkit for cities to use to formally oppose the repeal.
Learn more about how repealing state transportation funds would harm local communities.

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