SAN JOSE – A bumpy ride could turn into smooth sailing for California commuters as the State legislature made history this evening passing the Road Repair and Accountability Act- SB1 with a historic vote of 54 to 26 in the Assembly and 27 to 11 in the Senate. Our state legislators passed a bill that is fiscally sound and does not rely on borrowing and California will now benefit from $52.4 billion to repair our crumbling transportation infrastructure.
“Kudos Senator Jim Beall, D-San Jose and Assembly member Jim Frazier, D-Oakley for their efforts to craft a bi-partisan road-repair and traffic relief proposal that combines needed revenue with necessary reforms,” said Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO and California Transportation Commissioner Carl Guardino. “The Leadership Group and its 400 member companies appreciate, applaud, and thank Governor Brown, Senate pro Tem De Leon and Assembly Speaker Rendon for his leadership and tireless efforts in recent weeks.”
SB1 provides $2.5 billion for improvements of California’s key commute corridors, which could include upgrades to the Caltrain Commuter Rail Service, express lanes, bike/pedestrian options and other forms of congestion. Two thirds of the revenue would be generated from fuel taxes while the bill also includes a modest zero-emission vehicle fee.
Kimberly Ellis, SVP Communications and Marketing
Nancy Sanchez, Director of Communications
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