Join us by endorsing the “No On Prop 6” campaign to repeal SB-1—the state transportation funding bill that Gov. Brown signed into law last year—and stop the attack on bridge and road safety! Do it because transportation funding is never just about transportation. It’s about all the things we care about: access to opportunity and jobs, equity, air quality and climate change, public health and safety, and the amount of money we need to spend maintaining our cars, trains, buses and bikes.
Last year this transportation funding bill started providing more than $5 billion/year over 10 years for 6,500 projects in all counties and cities in California, helping to address the huge backlog of maintenance and repair needs—filling potholes and repaving crumbling roads, increasing the safety of bridges and roads, and relieving traffic congestion by improving public transit and making it easier to walk and bike.
We all know the extent to which California’s transportation system has fallen into disrepair, which is why the transportation funding bill was approved by a 2/3 majority in the state legislature. If Prop 6 wins it will stop projects in every county—in LA County alone, for example, funding will be pulled from 303 projects to fill potholes & repave roads, 281 to improve road/bridge safety, 50 to relieve traffic congestion, and 51 for bike/ped safety. And LA Metro is set to receive about $1.8 billion in state funds that are largely dependent on the availability of this funding.
It’s also important to point out that as a result of the transportation funding bill the state’s 2018 budget invested more money in public transportation, walking and biking than ever before—and the funded road and highway projects are mostly about safety and repairs and not expansion. Rebuild California’s map of all these projects is HERE.
These investments are about improving public safety but also have a huge impact on the economy, adding an estimated $182.6 billion over the next decade as well as supporting 682,000 jobs—the full report on the economic impacts is HERE. Let’s reinvest in our transportation system because it determines our quality of life, our health and safety, and the strength of our economy!
There’s much more info about the No Prop 6 campaign on the official website HERE.
Thank you! (And tell your friends!)