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League Provides Promising and Significant Transportation Funding Scenarios during SB 1 Informational Hearing

March 4, 2019
The Senate Transportation Committee held an informational hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 26 regarding the present and future impacts of SB 1, a $52 billion transportation funding bill signed into law in 2017 and upheld by the voters this past November, with the rejection of Prop. 6.
 
Rony Berdugo, League legislative representative, shared results from the 2018 Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment during the hearing, which demonstrates the immense impact of SB 1 over the next 10 years. Some of the major benefits of SB 1 include:
  • An $18 billion reduction in the unmet funding needs for local streets and roads;
  • Stabilizing statewide average pavement conditions at a score of 64 on a scale of zero (failed) to 100 (excellent); and
  • Bringing up two-thirds of the local network into a state of good repair (a score of 70 or above on the pavement condition index (PCI)). 
Without SB 1, unmet funding needs for local streets and roads would have grown by $12 billion, the statewide average PCI would have fallen to 57, nearly one-third of the network would have moved into the failed condition and more than half of the network would have fallen into the “at-risk” category (a PCI score below 70 over the next 10 years). Berdugo emphasized, “the Legislature must focus on ensuring there are no delays to these funds and that every community sees the transportation safety, condition, and quality of life improvements they were promised, both during the passage of SB 1 and the defeat of Prop. 6.”
 
It’s been less than a year since there’s been any level of certainty that the funding from SB 1 will actually materialize and already more than 1,000 local transportation projects have been completed during a partial fiscal year's worth of funding. Cities and counties are planning for thousands of additional projects and given the massive backlog that continues to exceed $50 billion, there cannot be any additional delays to fund these transportation improvements.
 
To watch the full hearing, please visit The California Channel’s website. Testimony from the local government panel, including the League and cities of Sacramento and San Leandro; begins around the 1 hour mark (1:00:00) and concludes around (1:36:00).



 
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