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Progressive Railroading: LA Metro to break ground on Orange Line’s light-rail conversion project

Read article here. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) today will break ground on a project to prepare its Orange Line bus rapid transit line for eventual conversion to light rail. The project includes installation of four-quadrant gates at up to 35 busway intersections along the bus line’s exclusive right of way between…
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Santa Barbara Edhat: Goleta to repave Cathedral Oaks

Read article here. In the May 2018 issue of the Monarch Press we provided information on California Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) which was signed into law in April 2017. SB 1 provides funding for road improvements, filling potholes, repairing local streets, freeways and overpasses, and investing in public transportation throughout California communities. The funds…
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San Francisco Chronicle: Major projects at risk if voters kill California gas tax hike, officials say

By Rachel Swan Read article here. More than 400 transit infrastructure projects would be jeopardized if California’s gas tax hike gets killed in November, with plans shelved, construction frozen in place and millions of taxpayer dollars vaporized, according to officials with state and local transportation agencies. An effort to repave most of Interstate 880 in…
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KGET Bakersfield: Prop 6 opponents rally in Bakersfield

Read article and see video here. Local officials and union workers took a hard stance against efforts to repeal the state’s gas tax. Arvin mayor Jose Gurrola was one of several officials rallying against Prop 6 on Thursday. Gurrola says passing Prop 6 would cost the state jobs and put road improvement projects in jeopardy,…
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Monterey Herald: Landwatch supports M, J, opposes Prop. 6

Read article here. LandWatch Monterey County supports Measures M and J, and opposes Proposition 6. Pacific Grove’s Measure M would prevent commercialization of neighborhoods and loss of long-term rental housing. Measure J is the Monterey Peninsula Water System Local Ownership Feasibility Study Initiative. Affordable housing relies on affordable water. Water from Cal Am’s oversized desalination…
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Vallejo Times-Herald: Caltrans work in Vallejo this week

Read article here. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) continues to pave eastbound and westbound Interstate-80 in Vallejo as part of a major pavement rehabilitation project, agency officials announced. The $5.8 million project is a Senate Bill (SB-1) funded project which enhances safety for motorists by paving all traffic lanes on eastbound and westbound I-80…
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Orange County Register: Proposition 6 is a dangerous roadblock for California economy

By Lucy Dunn Read article here. Healthy economies demand many things. A skilled workforce, raw materials, an efficient manufacturing base and access to capital are among the basics. But leave out a safe, well-maintained, functioning transportation system to move workers and goods, and what do you have? Delayed production and delivery, constrained competitiveness, commuters detained,…
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Plumas County News: Pedestrian walkway, bridge construction planned

By Victoria Metcalf Read article here. East Quincy is set to get a new pedestrian walkway and bridge at an estimated cost of $565,800. That’s according to recent decisions made by the Plumas County Board of Supervisors. “In August, the nearby Pioneer Elementary reopened its campus and now has a student population of 374,” explained…
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Petaluma Argus Courier: Petaluma pavement rated poor

By Yousef Baig Read article here. While many cities in the Bay Area have made marginal progress in improving road conditions, Petaluma remained among the worst in the region’s nine counties, according to a new report from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Published last week, “The Pothole Report: Bay Area Roads at Risk” declared Petaluma’s streets…
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Morgan Hill Times: Council formally opposes Prop 6

By Jacqueline McCool Read article here. California voters will be deciding the fate of the 2017 Road Repair and Accountability Act, or Senate Bill 1, this November. SB 1, which increased fuel taxes and vehicle fees, gave funding toward California road repair. If Proposition 6 passes, the taxes and fees will be appealed and the…
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Davis Enterprise: County: Roads at risk under Proposition 6

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy Read article here. Yolo County’s roads are in poor shape and will continue to get worse if California voters approve Proposition 6, county officials say. The November ballot measure would repeal SB 1, the gas and vehicle license taxes approved by the state Legislature in 2017 to fund highway and road maintenance…
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KHTS Santa Clarita: Steve Knight Hosts Secretary Chao, City Officials For $47 Million I-5 Grant

By Michael Brown Read article here. The project, titled the Interstate 5 Golden State Chokepoint Relief Program, uses funds from the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program. “This $47 million INFRA grant will help increase much-needed capacity to reduce the congestion on the 5 Freeway,” Chao said. The project is set to improve…
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Mount Shasta News: State funding will help fix Siskiyou highways

Read article here. Highways and roads across Siskiyou County will get a facelift thanks to nearly half a billion dollars in funding from the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, which was approved by California voters as Senate Bill 1. According to a press release from Caltrans, more than 120 new “Fix-it-First” projects will…
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San Bernardino Sun: Dem Assemblywoman, others, to talk infrastructure

By Sandra Emerson Read article here. Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes, D-Grand Terrace, will join officials from Colton, CalTrans and the League of California Cities to discuss state transportation and infrastructure projects funded by the state’s SB 1 gas tax at a public event this week. Officials working with Reyes said they plan to hold a…
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KQED: Election 2018: Proposition 6 Would Repeal California’s Gas Tax

Read article and listen to debate here. Last year, the Democrat-controlled state legislature approved a $5 billion-a-year tax on gasoline and vehicle fees, which raised fuel taxes 12 cents per gallon and diesel taxes 20 cents per gallon. Proponents of the tax say the move was necessary to fund much-needed repairs and infrastructure projects. But…
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Transportation Today: ACPA opposes California Proposition 6

By Melina Druga Read article here. The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) recently said it opposes California’s Proposition 6, which would repeal The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (SB 1). “With the passage of SB 1, California has the opportunity to invest in congested and crumbling highways and bridges that are in poor…
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ABC KRCR Redding: Gas tax forum held in Redding

By Trevor Fay Read article here. Redding citizens gathered at the Sheraton Hotel on Wednesday afternoon, for a forum on the gas tax, also known as Senate Bill One. The forum lasted about two hours, including the Q-and-A session with the audience. Several people wanted to know how they could trust that funds from the…
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Marin Independent Journal: Bay Area pothole report: Marin roads improving, Larkspur lowest ranked

By Adrian Rodriguez Read article here. With the vote on California’s biggest transportation spending plan in nearly 25 years to fix its crumbling roads just over a month away, a new analysis shows streets in Marin are slowly getting smoother with fewer potholes. The annual pothole report released Wednesday by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission gives…
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Santa Cruz Sentinel: Photo of the day: Taking a stand

See original photo and article here. Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart, County Supervisor Zach Friend, Santa Cruz City Councilwoman Cynthia Mathews and County Supervisor John Leopold are among the public officials attending a press conference Wednesday morning along Soquel Avenue in Live Oak voicing opposition to state Proposition 6 on the November ballot. Opponents…
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Los Angeles Times: Anti-Proposition 6 campaign launches TV ad saying repeal of gas tax would put public safety at risk

By Patrick McGreevy Read article and see video here. The campaign against an initiative that would repeal increases to California’s gas tax launched its first television ad on Monday, asserting that Proposition 6 will put the safety of motorists in jeopardy by taking away road and bridge repair funds. Armed with more than $30 million…
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CALmatters: Union leaders challenges Dem ‘opportunists’

Read article here. The head of the state building trades council has harsh words for Democratic candidates who support repealing the new gasoline tax. In an ad in the LA Times last week, the State Building and Construction Trades Council urged LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and other Democrats to defy “well-funded ivory tower elites” who…
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Vallejo Times-Herald: Several toll plaza lanes closed over weekend in Vallejo

Read article here. The California Department of Transportation will pave eastbound and westbound Interstate-80 in Vallejo as part of a major pavement rehabilitation project, Caltrans officials announced. Starting at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Carquinez Bridge Toll Plaza lanes one through seven will be closed overnight as crews pave the traffic lanes, officials said. The lanes will…
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Petaluma Argus-Courier: SMART Windsor link gets OK

By Kevin Fixler Read article here. The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit board of directors Wednesday authorized spending $24 million to launch the next, highly anticipated phase of railwork needed to extend commuter train service north to Windsor. The unanimous board decision represents a major expansion geared toward fulfilling the promise made in 2008, when voters…
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Los Angeles Times: Dueling sides of gas tax repeal dispute the levy’s impact on California’s low-income residents

By Patrick McGreevy Read article here. A group working to repeal California’s recent increase in the gas tax argued Wednesday that the charges at the pump are disproportionately hurting the working poor, while the campaign against the ballot proposition countered that their opponents are exaggerating the financial impact. Supporters of Proposition 6, the gas tax…
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Venutra County Star: Chip in for roads

Read article here. We are truly fortunate here in California because we can join together and chip in at the gas pump to pay for maintenance and improvement of highways, roads and infrastructure. In third-world countries, taxes are low and the roads and infrastructure are poor and even dangerous. Wealthy folks in those places can…
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Vallejo Times-Herald: Paving work will temporarily close lanes along I-80 in Vallejo

Read article here. Driving along Interstate-80 through Vallejo will be smoother and safer by the first of the year, thanks to SB-1-funded improvements that are starting Saturday, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) officials announced. The agency will pave eastbound and westbound I-80 in Vallejo as part of a major, $5.8 million pavement rehabilitation project, they…
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CBS8 San Diego: Gas Tax Battle: Opponents of Prop 6 speak out

By Amanda Shotsky Read article and see video here. Firefighters and civil engineers will join local government leaders, construction workers and business leaders Monday to oppose Proposition 6, which they say is an attack on bridge and road safety. This broad-based coalition will discuss how Prop 6 on the November ballot will jeopardize more than 450…
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Monterey County Now: Bracing for a possible gas tax repeal, MST may cut routes, raise its bus fares or both

By Marielle Argueza Read article here. Since 2015, Monterey-Salinas Transit operations have been running smoothly. Fares have remained stable and bus services have been added. “We’re experiencing huge growth in our ridership,” MST General Manager Carl Sedoryk says. “It’s the highest it’s ever been in the last 20 years.” But that growth could be stunted…
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Benito Link: Hollister City Council opposes state Prop 6

By: Noe Magana Read article here. The Hollister City Council took an official stance at its Sept. 4 meeting against California Proposition 6, which aims to repeal a gas and vehicle registration tax used for regional road improvements. The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, also known as Senate Bill 1, is a 2017…
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Red Bluff Daily News: Road projects planned for 2019

By: Jake Hutchison  Read article here. The Red Bluff Public Works Department has announced its 2019 lineup for the repaving of city streets. Public Works Director Robin Kampmann said of the three projects, two will be stretches of individual roads while the third will be a large cluster near Red Bluff Union High School. On…
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Auburn Journal: 2+ years of Highway 49 roadwork on tap for Auburn

By: Gus Thomson Read article here. Another piece of the funding puzzle for major Highway 49 roadwork through Auburn has been announced, paving the way for work to start before the end of the year. According to Caltrans initial work on a Highway 49 rehabilitation project along the Highway 49 corridor between Interstate 80 and…
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Hanford Sentinel: Caltrans to improve safety, mobility of railways

Read article here. Caltrans will improve the safety, mobility, and efficiency of railways across the state thanks in part to an $11.3 million grant from the Federal Railroad Administration’s Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvement (CRISI) program. This grant is targeted toward deploying Positive Train Control (PTC) – an advanced safety system designed to automatically…
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Times Publishing Group: Caltrans Accelerates Highway 1 Repairs

Read article here. Caltrans continues repair work to eight bridges on State Route 1 from Willow Creek to Garrapata Creek due to funds from Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. “This route hugs the scenic coastline, serving the tourists and local residents along the Big Sur Coast who…
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Sacramento News Review: Highway from hell

By Dylan Svoboda Read article here. California’s largest highway has been named among the most dangerous in the country. Using data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Value Penguin found Interstate 5 to be the fourth-most hazardous highway in the United States. Government officials say funding is needed if California wants its freeways to…
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Capitol Public Radio: Proposition 6 Overview

By Nadine Sebai Read article and listen to audio here. Californians will be voting on 11 ballot measures in November. One of the most contested is Proposition 6, which would reverse last year’s fuel tax and vehicle fee increases. At issue is Senate Bill 1, which Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers approved in Spring 2017. It…
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Santa Rosa Press Democrat: Highway 101 work progresses in North Bay, but political, legal challenges imperil funding

By: Matt Brown  Read article here. Motorists on Highway 101 in southern Sonoma County have noticed big changes taking place in recent months around the county line as the long-running freeway widening project takes shape through the Sonoma-Marin Narrows. Unfortunately, traffic relief is not expected for at least another year as the complex project drags…
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Imperial Valley Calexico Chronicle: Cesar Chavez Boulevard Widening Gaged For a Better Traffic Flow to POE

By William Roller Read article here. Imperial County residents anticipating a smoother approach to the Calexico West Port of Entry welcomed a groundbreaking ceremony on August 28. Dignitaries from around the county convened at the northwest corner of Cesar Chavez Boulevard and Fifth Street to celebrate the start of construction. Calexico City Manager David Dale…
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Palm Springs Newswire: Prop 6 Seen As Hazard To Public Safety

Read article here. Nobody likes taxes but local elected officials, firefighters and others are warning that repealing California’s gas tax would be destructive and harmful to public safety. Proposition 6 would do just that. It’s the centerpiece of a Republican strategy to turn out the vote in November. Supporters of the effort say money raised…
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ABC 10: At least 21 cars impacted by I-5 pothole

By Joseph Jarosz Read article and see video here. A pothole on I-5 northbound and US 50 in Sacramento is causing significant issues for drivers Thursday morning. California Highway Patrol says a large pothole on I-5 northbound just south of Garden Highway has damaged at least 21 vehicles. Multiple cars have already suffered flat tires…
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KMIR: No Prop 6 Press Conference

By Daytona Everett Read article and see video here. A California gas tax repeal effort has qualified for the November ballot. The fight over the repeal could end up being one of the costliest statewide measures and the scope spans to the Coachella Valley. Mayors, carpenters, council members, and engineers stood shoulder-to-shoulder at Patriot Park…
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Desert Sun: Coachella Valley mayors call gas tax repeal initiative ‘destructive’, cite local infrastructure projects

By Samuel Metz Read article here. Proposition 6, the ballot initiative that would repeal California’s 2017 gas and car tax increase, is a key component of California Republican’s strategy heading into the midterm elections. The party hopes California drivers troubled by high gas prices will show up to the polls in November to vote for…
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Mill Valley Patch: Paving Project Begins In Southern Marin

By Kristina Houck Read article here. The summer paving program for Marin County Department of Public Works (DPW), which is already in full swing with projects in central Marin, will now address three roads in the Strawberry neighborhood of southern Marin. The $1.88 million project is scheduled to begin the first week of September and…
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Ventura County Star: State approves funding for several Ventura County transportation projects

By Mike Harris Read article here. The California Transportation Commission has approved more than $2 billion in funding for about 250 transportation projects throughout the state, including several in Ventura County. A significant portion of the funding comes from Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, Caltrans said recently. The legislation…
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Enterprise-Record: Thousands of lives worth 12 cents a gallon

Read article here. This month a prominent transportation research group, TRIP, released its report on the dangerous state of California roads. Traffic accidents in our state have killed 15,730 people over the last five years. Fifteen thousand, seven hundred and thirty. Where are the most dangerous roads in our state?  The fatality rate on California’s…
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News Review: Pumped for battle: Out-of-state Republicans poured money into repeal effort hoping to weaken Dems

By Graham Womack Read article here. As city governments marshal their opposition to a Republican-led repeal effort of California’s new gas tax, the fate of the 12 cent-per-gallon surcharge could have broader implications for the Democratic Party. Opponents of Senate Bill 1, buoyed by contributions from big-name conservatives like House Speaker Paul Ryan, succeeded earlier…
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The Daily Journal: Proposition 6 promises potholes

Read article here. Editor, Last year, the state of California took the bold and politically difficult step of increasing the gas tax (12 cents/gallon), diesel taxes and vehicle fees to fund road repairs and public transit. Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act, is already allowing California to invest $5.4 billion annually in…
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Cision PR Newswire: First Contract for Foothill Gold Line Light Rail Extension is Completed Under Budget and Ahead of Schedule

Read article here. Today, the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority (Construction Authority) announced completion of the $2.6 million Utility Relocation design-bid-build contract, awarded to W.A. Rasic Construction Company, Inc. (Rasic) in September 2017. Over the last 11 months, Rasic crews successfully relocated and/or protected a dozen strategically-located sewer and water lines that cross the railroad…
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Bay Area Region

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Central Coast Region

Projects filling potholes and repaving crumbling roads

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Chico - Redding

Projects filling potholes and repaving crumbling roads

Projects improving the safety of local roads

Safety improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists

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Eureka - Humboldt

Projects filling potholes and repaving crumbling roads

Projects improving the safety of local roads and bridges and relieving traffic congestion

Safety improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists

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Fresno - Central San Joaquin

Projects filling potholes and repaving crumbling roads

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Inland Empire

Projects filling potholes and repaving crumbling roads

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Kern - Inyo

Projects filling potholes and repaving crumbling roads

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Los Angeles

Projects filling potholes and repaving crumbling roads

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Monterey - Santa Cruz

Projects filling potholes and repaving crumbling roads

Projects improving the safety of local roads and bridges

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Orange County

Projects filling potholes and repaving crumbling roads

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Sacramento

Projects filling potholes and repaving crumbling roads

Traffic congestion relief projects

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Safety improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists

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San Diego

Projects filling potholes and repaving crumbling roads

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Sierra Nevada - Gold Country

Projects filling potholes and repaving crumbling roads

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Stockton - Modesto

Projects filling potholes and repaving crumbling roads

Traffic congestion relief projects

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Ventura County

Projects filling potholes and repaving crumbling roads

Projects improving the safety of local roads and bridges

Safety improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists

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