225 California transportation projects in trouble

By Gary Richards : contracostatimes – excerpt

Californians are paying less in gas taxes, and much less at the pump, as oil prices have plummeted. While that may pad drivers’ wallets, the result could be what officials are calling a “catastrophic” impact on the Golden State’s highways and city streets.

The combined loss in state transportation revenue — more than $1.1 billion — has put high-profile improvement projects at risk of being canceled or facing delays that could stretch for years.

About 225 shovel-ready transportation projects across the state are threatened this year, including the Interstate 680-Highway 4 widening near Antioch, the Willow Road-Highway 101 upgrade in Menlo Park and the planned Highway 1 widening in Santa Cruz…

Caltrain electrification hits funding snag: Sale of high-speed rail bonds delayed, could affect local improvements

…Caltrain CEO Jim Hartnett said the state and High-Speed Rail Authority are not on track on selling part of the nearly $10 billion in bonds this spring, which could have put $600 million in the hands of locals as early as July…

Big projects will be pushed back, but everybody is going to feel this, especially when the big potholes in front your house don’t get filled.”

Why is the state in this predicament?

Unlike past funding cuts, local agencies are being warned that some work will be canceled and not just delayed.

Soon there will be a pilot program to charge volunteer drivers by the number of miles they travel instead of taxing their gas purchases. But it could be years before it begins to raise significant dollars... (more)

How are they going to do this?




One thought on “225 California transportation projects in trouble

  1. I guess this article explains why Sfmta has taken approved “transportation funding” and painting bus only lanes and bike lanes over all of the potholes not to mention redesign of streets. This is happening all over the Bay Area on account of ABAG Sfmta and the MTA. Everybody is just holding on to the cash to only use it on streetscape/redesign which falls under “transportation”.
    Yet nothing has changed. Hence 3rd st bus lane and Geary street bus lanes. That crap is still never on time saving 3 minutes my a***. I won’t even going to talk about the Folsom line that went from being stuck in 2-3 blocks of traffic to now about 15 blocks after removing a full lane replacing it with a bike lane. But of course they are low on funding because instead of fixing what they are suppose to they use to money to “pay off” general funds and then using general funds for other purposes” taking from Peter to pay Paul.

    P.S. I love the fact we wasted taxpayer money on munibackward investing in this beautiful amazing buses that can’t seem to make it up any hills. I don’t blame the jackasses in office. I blame those that voted for them.

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