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Renewed commitment to transportation infrastructure urged by ‘Fix Our Roads’ Coalition

February 10, 2021
The League of California Cities joined fellow members of the Fix Our Roads Coalition and submitted a letter last week to the newly-appointed chairs of the state Senate and Assembly Transportation Committees.
 
The letter details the coalition's efforts to pass and protect SB 1 funding and commits to working together to address the future of transportation in California.
 
SB 1 is the largest investment in multimodal transportation infrastructure in the state’s history and provides $5 billion annually to local governments to fix crumbling roads, make road and bridge safety repairs, alleviate traffic gridlock and congestion, improve bicycle and pedestrian access and safety, and boost funding to both expand and operate public transit services for Californians.
 
Protecting SB 1 funding is a top priority for Cal Cities, and we look forward to working with the new committee chairs on this important issue.
 
The start of a new legislative session meant new leadership for the Senate and Assembly Transportation Committees. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon replaced Assembly Member Jim Frazier with Assembly Member Laura Friedman. Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins appointed Sen. Lena Gonzalez to chair with Sen. Jim Beall's departure from the Legislature. These appointments signal a change in legislative priorities for these committees, as both Assembly Member Frazier and Sen. Beall were instrumental in the passage of SB 1.
 
The Fix Our Roads Coalition was created in 2015 by Cal Cities, the California State Association of Counties, and the California Alliance for Jobs to pursue funding for California's deteriorating transportation infrastructure. The coalition of labor, local government, business, transportation, and public transit advocates will continue to advance a transportation agenda that helps ensure a safe, reliable, and accessible transportation system for all Californians.
 
Contact Cal Cities Legislative Policy Analyst Caroline Cirrincione for more information.


 
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