California Needs Transportation Funding

The California Alliance for Jobs works with elected officials throughout California and in Washington D.C. to advocate for investing in our state’s streets, roads, and bridges.

California’s once great network of roads and highways is now in pitiful and dangerous shape – the backlog for state infrastructure is estimated to be around $59 billion while local roads and streets need almost $80 billion to bring them to optimal safety condition levels. California has the second-highest share of roads in poor condition in the country and one in four of the state’s bridges need to be repaired or replaced.

Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders passed Senate Bill 1, The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (SB1), to address these problems and keep California’s economy moving.  SB1 will provide California with $52 billion in transportation infrastructure funding over the next 10 years. This money will allow state and local agencies to fix highways and local roads, repair bridges and overpasses, increase access to transit, address congested corridors, and improve goods movement.

In addition to providing $5.4 billion annually to address the backlog of road and bridge repairs, SB1 will provide thousands of good paying, middle-class jobs to Californians all around the state. Funds from SB1 will be protected by a constitutional amendment, which will allocate the money only for transportation projects.