By Jim Miller : sacbee – excerpt
SF Bay Bridge has one of the most hated commutes, but will get worse as gas taxes are pumped into road diets and bike lanes on access streets in SOMA street “improvements”.
Big companies are losing patience and expanding elsewhere. Photo by Zrants
Now that Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law billions of dollars in higher fuel taxes and vehicle fees, the state will have an estimated $52 billion more money to help cover the state’s transportation needs for the next decade
The money comes largely from a 12-cent increase in the base gasoline excise tax and a new transportation improvement fee based on vehicle value. Other money will come from paying off past transportation loans, Caltrans savings, and new charges on diesel fuel and zero-emission vehicles.
The bulk of the revenue raised will go to various state and local road programs, as well as public transit, goods movement and traffic congestion.
The measure, Senate Bill 1, sets ambitious goals. By the end of 2027, it says least 98 percent of state highway pavement should be in good or fair condition, at least 90 percent of culverts should be in good or fair condition and at least 500 bridges must be fixed.
In June 2018, meanwhile, California voters will get to weigh in on another part of the package: a constitutional amendment supporters say will keep lawmakers from diverting the money to other purposes…
Existing: There are no ZEV-specific charges.
July 1, 2020: New $100 “road improvement fee.” The fee will be adjusted for inflation beginning Jan. 1, 2021.… (more)
Hopefully bicycles are included in that group of Zero-emission vehicles. Cyclists use the roads, costs taxpayers hundreds of millions, and so far pay nothing, are not tracked and are uninsured, making them the vehicle of choice for criminals. Bicycle theft is one of the most common crimes, easier to grab and park than a car.