State Senator Jim Beall joins Bay Area officials, labor groups, transportation advocates and business groups to urge passage of transportation funding bill, SB 1.
“The longer the legislature delays, the more we pay”
Bay Area motorists are paying nearly $1000 a year in additional maintenance fees from driving on bad roads. Recent storms have closed Bay Area roads, damaged bridges, created potholes/sinkholes/mudslides. Caltrans recently announced that the bill for emergency road repairs is more than $600 million so far. That doesn’t include damage costs from cities and counties for local streets and roads.
If winter 2017 has taught us anything, it’s that infrastructure must be regularly maintained to prevent small problems from becoming bigger, more expensive ones. For too long, California has neglected regular road maintenance and upkeep.
Bay Area State Senator Jim Beall, local officials, labor, transportation and business groups will gather Monday, March 6 at 10 a.m. at River Glen Park in San Jose to urge the legislature and Governor Brown to pass a transportation package by April 6 to will provide long-term, stable funding for transportation.
Fix Our Roads supports a transportation funding package that would raise at least $6 billion annually. That’s what’s needed to begin to make a dent in the enormous backlog of transportation maintenance and improvement projects. At the same time, Fix Our Roads is also recommending accountability provisions to give taxpayers confidence the new revenues will be spent on transportation projects only. SB 1, authored by Senator Beall, and AB 1, a companion Assembly bill by Bay Area Assemblymember Jim Frazier, are both supported by Fix Our Roads.
Speakers at the press conference include:
- Sam Liccardo, San Jose Mayor, Metropolitan Transportation Commission Commissioner and Valley Transportation Authority Vice Chair
- Jim Beall, California State Senator and Chair, Senate Transportation Committee
- Keith Carson, Alameda County Supervisor, California State Association of Counties President, and Alameda County Transportation Commission Board Member
- Dave Cortese, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors President and Metropolitan Transportation Commission Commissioner
- Carl Guardino, Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO and Member of the California Transportation Commission
- Amy Worth, Orinda Councilmember. Contra Costa Transportation Authority Ex-Officio Board Member, and Metropolitan Transportation Commission Commissioner
- Matt Mahood, The Silicon Valley Organization President and CEO
- Michael Quigley, California Alliance for Jobs Executive Director
- Mark Kyle, Operating Engineers Local 3 Director of Government Affairs and Public Relations
Everyone agrees the state’s transportation network is falling apart. There is a $130 billion shortfall of funds needed to repair our state’s network of roads ($59 billion for state highways and $73 billion for local streets and roads).
It has been 23 years since California has increased funding for transportation. As a result, road repairs now receive only 50% of the funding they did back in1994. Inflation, more fuel efficient cars, and electric and hybrid vehicles have eroded transportation funding over the years. (California State Transportation Agency, CalSTA, Exploring Road User Charge as Alternative to the Gas Tax, 2015
The longer we wait to address our maintenance needs, the worse they become and the more expensive they are to fix.
- CA drivers are paying $53.6 billion annually in additional car repairs, congestion delays and traffic crashes due to poorly maintained roads. (National Transportation Research Group-TRIP, 8/16)
- Car repairs alone cost drivers in California an average of $762 annually due to pothole-filled roads. (TRIP, 7/15)
- Regionally, the annual cost is higher:
- San Francisco/Oakland-$978
- Los Angeles/Orange Counties-$892
- San Jose-$863
- San Diego-$722 (TRIP, 11/16)
- Ten of California’s urban centers have pavement conditions that rank among the nation’s most deteriorated including the top three in the nation: San Francisco/Oakland; Los Angeles/Orange Counties; and San Jose. (TRIP, 11/16)
- It costs eight times more to fix a road than to maintain it. Preventive care cost: $115,000/mile. Rehabilitative care cost: $894,000/mile. (CalTrans State of the Pavement report 2015)
- More than 1,300 of California bridges are structurally deficient. According to the study, “out of the 25,431 bridges in California, 1,388, or 5%, are classified as structurally deficient. This means one or more of the key bridge elements, such as the deck, superstructure or substructure, is considered to be in "poor" or worse condition (American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARBTA), February 2017)
- The Federal Highway Administration estimates that for every $1 spent on road, highway and bridge improvements there is an average benefit of $5.20 in the form of reduced vehicle maintenance costs, reduced delays, reduced fuel consumption, improved safety, and reduced maintenance costs.
- According to the 2016 California Statewide Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment, the number of counties with pavement conditions in the “poor” or “at risk” category has grown from 42 in 2008 to 52 in 2016.
- It is projected that 22 percent of local streets and roads will be in failed condition in 10 years (2026). (2016 California Statewide Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment