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NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit: “A Deadly Bridge Collapse in Italy Shines Light on California’s Aging Bridges”

Today, NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit released a new piece revealing the state of California’s aging bridges, in the aftermath of a deadly bridge collapse in Italy. The piece also mentions crucial transportation safety infrastructure funding currently threatened by Proposition 6, the attack on bridge and road safety. Below are excerpts from the piece: “A deadly…
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Motorists in Los Angeles Take $3,000 Hit Due To Bad Roads, Congestion

Read article here. Driving on Los Angeles area roads costs motorists nearly $3,000 a year in vehicle repairs, fuel costs, the results of crashes and lost time because of traffic congestion, a transportation research organization said Wednesday. The Washington, D.C.-based group TRIP found that throughout California more than two-thirds of major locally and state-maintained roads…
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Study claims California roads are costing drivers

By Jermaine Ong, Mary McKenzie Read article here. (KGTV) – A new study claims Californians are dishing out extra cash due to the condition of the state’s roads while supporters of an effort to repeal the gas tax slammed the study for neglecting to tell the whole truth. The study, conducted by TRIP, claims that driving…
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We need the gas tax, Andrea Seastrand

Read original letter here. Andrea Seastrand’s Sunday op-ed always ruins my breakfast. She speaks for the old, white businessman and his money and never for the community. Andrea, our roads are a mess. Our Mother Earth is boiling. A gas tax would benefit us all by repairing our crumbling roads, improving mass transit and reducing traffic…
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Commuter train service ahead for Salinas

By Erika Mahoney/Kazu Read article here. Work is underway on a local passenger rail project. It will create commuter train service from Salinas. The project has been in the works for more than two decades. Still, Christina Watson with the Transportation Agency for Monterey County says some don’t know about it. “So, every time I talk…
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How to improve roads? Pay the tax

Read original letter here. Like everyone else, I constantly complain about the terrible state of our highways, streets, and roads. I am willing to pay a tax if that tax will be dedicated to repairing and maintaining our roadways. If my basic math is correct, if I drive the average of 12,000 miles per year,…
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Gas tax vote depends on whom one trusts

Read article here. Re “Why Californians should repeal gas tax” (Aug. 5): Carl DeMaio is correct. The existing 12-cents tax may not fix all roads, but we also know repealing it won’t fix anything and roads will continue to deteriorate. San Diegans are familiar with bad sidewalks and millions paid for accidents. Haven’t seen the…
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No on Prop 6 Campaign Launches First Ad Showing Critical Central Valley Transportation Projects Threatened by Prop 6 – The Attack on Bridge and Road Safety

Today, the No on Prop 6 campaign launched its first television ad in Fresno, showing critical Central Valley transportation projects threatened by Proposition 6, the attack on bridge and road safety. This ad is the first to run between now and Election Day. The campaign plans to run advertising in media markets statewide leading up…
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Modesto Bee Editorializes In Opposition to Prop 6 – The Attack on Bridge and Road Safety

Today, The Modesto Bee editorialized in opposition to Proposition 6, the dangerous attack on bridge and road safety that jeopardizes critical transportation projects throughout California. Below are excerpts from the editorial. “For people living in the Northern San Joaquin Valley, the gas tax does a lot more good than harm. That’s why we’re hoping Proposition…
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Republicans might not like it, but gas tax revenue is funding projects. Voters should know that.

Read article here. To the editor: State Sen. Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) describes Caltrans signs reporting road repairs paid with gas tax funds as “inappropriate.” She is mistaken on two counts. First, displaying signage that identifies the funds that pay for road and highway projects is a decades-long practice predating California’s recent gas tax…
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Transportation Authority of Marin opposes gas tax repeal effort

By Mark Prado Read article here. The Transportation Authority of Marin has voted to officially oppose Proposition 6, a statewide measure to repeal a new gas tax, saying it will cost the county millions of dollars in road improvements. But supporters of the repeal say the tax was an end-around of voters. The approval of…
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Why gas tax repeal would jeopardize safety

By Skip Carter Read article here. There are several tasks California Highway Patrol Officers perform on a daily basis that are sensitive and difficult to conduct. One such task is the investigation of a fatal collision, especially when a child is involved. Although officers receive several hours of training to conduct comprehensive collision investigations, there…
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Tax not necessarily a four-letter word

By Mark Carnevale Read article here. The three-letter word TAX receives such negative reactions from almost everyone. Tax this, tax  that — where does the money go, you wonder? I would probably say I have voted “no” on most every tax increase that came my way. In my opinion, Senate Bill 1 is a horse…
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ICYMI – Sacramento Bee Editorial: “From Carr Fire to Big Sur, one takeaway from disaster is how much we need good roads”

In case you missed it, The Sacramento Bee published an editorial today highlighting the critical safety role our transportation infrastructure plays during natural disasters and notes transportation projects across the state are currently threatened by Proposition 6, the attack on bridge and road safety. Below are excerpts from the editorial: “Take transportation. If it wasn’t…
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ICYMI: New Regional Data Shows Local Impacts of Transportation Projects Threatened by Prop 6 – the Attack on Bridge and Road Safety

In case you missed it, new regional reports released by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) quantify the monumental regional economic impact of crucial local transportation projects endangered by Proposition 6. Proposition 6 eliminates more than $5 billion annually in existing transportation funds and jeopardizes funding supporting more than 6,500 bridge and road…
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California Labor Federation Opposes Prop 6 – The Attack On Bridge And Road Safety

Yesterday, the California Labor Federation announced its strong opposition to Proposition 6, the attack on bridge and road safety, following a unanimous vote by delegates representing unions from across the state. “This measure would jeopardize more than 6,500 transportation improvement projects currently underway or planned throughout the state – making our local roads less safe,…
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L.A. Metro Board Approves Plans for Crossing Gates, Grade Separations to Improve Safety, Speeds and Capacity on the Metro Orange Line

Read article here. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board approved plans for up to 35 crossing gates and two busway and bicycle grade separations for the San Fernando Valley’s Metro Orange Line. Plans will greatly improve both safety and performance and prepare the bus line for its future conversion to light rail….
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Metro Board Approves Orange Line BRT Improvements

By Joe Linton Read article here. This morning, Metro’s board of directors voted to move forward with improvements to the Metro Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line, scheduled to break ground in fiscal year 2019. The project, described below, will improve speed and reliability for the popular cross-valley bus line. It will also lay…
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$30 million roadway project aims to connect Highway 99 with UC Merced

By Vikaas Shanker Read article here. A roadway expansion project that aims to improve traffic and generate economic activity between the UC Merced and Highway 99 is entering its next phase, according to city, county and state officials. Several local and state officials discussed the significance of the Campus Parkway expansion Thursday during a groundbreaking…
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Local Roads May Go From Bad To Worse Without Gas Taxes

By George Hostetter Read article here. Should Californians try to get a great road system without paying for it? Or do we grow up and realize there’s no free lunch? That was the message (in my judgment) delivered earlier this month by Fresno Transportation Authority Executive Director Mike Leonardo to an advisory group focused on…
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Firefighters, Highway Patrolmen & Public Safety Leaders Oppose Prop 6 – the Attack on Bridge and Road Safety

Today, leading public safety organizations representing California firefighters, highway patrolmen and paramedics voiced strong opposition to Proposition 6, the ballot measure that would make the state’s bridges and roads less safe and jeopardize public safety. California Professional Firefighters and the California Association of Highway Patrolmen are among more than 250 organizations included in the broad…
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No gas tax funds for high-speed rail: Roadshow

By Gary Richards Read article here. Q: I’ve been looking at the November ballot measure to kill the new gas tax. To decide how to vote, the answer to one question would decide the issue. Is there an absolute, no loophole, section forbidding the spending of any of the tax funds on the Jerry Browns’…
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NBC Bay Area: Proposition 6 Overview

By Robert Handa Read article and view video here. Which is more painful: higher prices at the gas pumps or overcrowded, beat up roads? That’s just one argument voters will hear as supporters of Proposition 6 — a move to repeal the gas tax — kicked off its campaign in the Bay Area. The campaign…
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Fixing our roads needs to be high priority

By Cheryl Wegman Read article here. In 1982, as President Ronald Reagan proposed to add the equivalent of a 5 cent per gallon tax increase, he noted that the “cost to the average motorist will be small, but the benefit to our transportation system will be massive.” That observation captures the choice that Proposition 6…
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State Democratic Party Opposes Gasoline Tax Repeal Measure

Read article here. The California Democratic Party Executive Board voted Sunday to oppose the measure on the November ballot to repeal last year’s gasoline tax increase while supporting the proposition to overturn a law limiting the use of rent control. The board also voted to oppose Proposition 9, which would divide California into three states,…
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Don’t halt road repair progress

Read article here. There is good news for Petaluma drivers. The street repair crews you will be seeing around Petaluma this summer are beginning to chip away at the multi-million dollar backlog in repairs to the city’s street network that is among the worst in the Bay Area. Petaluma recently launched a project to pave…
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Crews to Resurface Santa Barbara County Roads Starting Tuesday

By: Eric Pearson Read article here. Preventive maintenance work will begin next week, on July 17, and will continue through Aug. 2. This project will resurface about 26 lane miles of roads in the First, Second and Third Districts of Santa Barbara County. The Board of Supervisors awarded the contract for the project to California…
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No on Prop 6: California Chamber of Commerce and dozens of business organizations and local chambers of commerce OPPOSE Proposition 6 – the Attack on Bridge and Road Safety

Today, the No on Proposition 6 campaign announced that the California Chamber of Commerce is joined by nearly 50 state and local business organizations and chambers of commerce opposing the measure that would eliminate more than $5 billion annually in existing transportation funding. Business leaders from throughout California are opposed to this measure because it…
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Dozens of road projects in Riverside County to receive state funds

Read article here. A total of 93 road improvement and related infrastructure projects in Riverside County are slated to receive millions of dollars in state funds, the California Transportation Commission announced. All 28 incorporated cities within the county are on the commission’s list of eligible recipients for some portion of the Senate Bill 1, the…
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What happens to California road repairs if voter repeal the gas tax increase?

By: Caitlin Chen Read article here. A November ballot measure to repeal California’s recent gas tax increase threatens road improvement and maintenance projects that receive funding through the tax. The initiative, which requires voter approval for any new gas tax increase, is retroactive to the beginning of 2017, effectively stopping the new fees created when lawmakers passed…
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Carmel Valley board hears how gas tax repeal could impact local roads

By: Karen Billing Read article here. As Californians gear up to cast a vote in November whether or not to repeal the state’s gas tax, local representatives said that the vote could impact local infrastructure projects such as the widening of the SR-56. At the May and June Carmel Valley Community Planning Board meetings, a representative for…
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Sierra Club Opposes November Ballot Measure to Roll Back Transportation and Transit Funding

Read press release here. Sierra Club, the oldest, largest volunteer-led grassroots environmental organization in California, has formally taken an oppose position on Proposition 6, the measure on the November ballot that would roll back transportation and transit funding. The measure is an attempt to repeal Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act, passed…
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North County Transit District Purchases Five New Locomotives

By: California News Wire Services Read article here. The North County Transit District announced Monday that it will purchase five new locomotives at a cost of more than $37 million to replace aging trains “at the end of their useful life.” Funding will come from Senate Bill 1, commonly known as the gas tax, as…
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Caltrans to begin Route 78 repairs Monday

Read article here. Caltrans will begin repairs on 71 lane miles — approximately 40 travel miles — of state Route 78 on Monday. The $11 million project will be in two segments: westbound SR-78 from West Haverford Road in Ramona to Flora Vista Street in Escondido and eastbound from just east of Magnolia Avenue in Ramona to Wynola Road in Julian….
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Revival of long delayed downtown Sonora bypass could on the horizon

By: Alex MacLean Read article here. Work is set to begin over the next year on a $250,000 attempt to resuscitate the Greenley Road Extension, a 1.2-mile bypass of downtown Sonora that’s been considered one of the most needed transportation projects in Tuolumne County since the 1970s. The Sonora City Council and Tuolumne County Transportation…
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Marin road projects jeopardized by gas tax repeal bid

By: Mark Prado Read article here. Dozens of Marin road projects are in line to get funding in part by a recent gas tax increase, but an effort to repeal that hike in November would put the work in peril. The California Transportation Commission last week approved an initial list of city and county projects…
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Broad coalition vows to defeat ballot measure that would jeopardize public safety and further deteriorate California’s unsafe crumbling roads and bridges

Partisan ballot measure would wipe out thousands of road and bridge safety, congestion relief, pothole repair and public transportation projects currently underway throughout the state. SACRAMENTO – Opponents of the ballot measure to eliminate more than $5 billion annually in existing transportation funding vowed to run a comprehensive campaign to defeat the measure should the…
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Progressive Railroading: Caltrain begins $3.5 million grade-crossing project

Read article here. Caltrain today will start a one-year project to improve safety at 15 grade crossings between San Francisco and San Jose, California. The $3.5 million project calls for more clearly marked pedestrian crossings, tactile pavement markers and guardrails. Crews also will install or update medians at eight locations to deter motorists from driving around gates,…
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Ridgecrest Daily Independent: Highway 14 segment opens on a high note

By: Jack Barnwell Read article here. A year of construction, four miles of moving dirt and asphalt, and decades of planning came to fruition Tuesday morning when transportation officials cut the ribbon on the new four-lane expressway on Highway 14. The literal ribbon-cutting event brought together a small crowd on the northbound portion of Highway…
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Fontana Herald News: San Bernardino County secures $287 million for newly funded transportation projects

The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) recently briefed public policy leaders on $287 million in newly funded transportation projects that will help shape the future of one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. “We were very successful in securing funding for projects that will increase mobility and improve the quality of…
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Coalition to Protect Local Transportation Improvements: In Case You Missed It: LA Times calls ballot measure to repeal transportation funding “political opportunism”

The Los Angeles Times today slammed the misguided campaign to repeal more than $5 billion per year in existing transportation funding as a “particularly craven” effort to drive Republican turn out in November The Times criticized the repeal effort, which would jeopardize more than 5,000 transportation projects currently underway, noting that GOP leaders are abandoning…
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Los Angeles Times: The gas tax was once a smart Republican idea. Now the GOP cynically uses it to bludgeon Democrats

After less than two years in office, state Sen. Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) was ousted in a recall election Tuesday for his vote to increase the gas tax to repair the state’s woefully maintained roads and expand its inadequate transit systems. Political opportunism won over responsible governance. Republicans launched the recall campaign after Newman supported the gas tax…
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Voters overwhemingly approve Proposition 69 to dedicate transportation revenues for transportation purposes only

SACRAMENTO –Supporters of Proposition 69 applauded voters for overwhelmingly passing Prop 69 which establishes strong constitutional protections to prohibit transportation funding from being used for non-transportation purposes. With only 16 percent of precincts reporting, Prop. 69 was leading 82 percent to 18 percent. “Now that we’ve passed Prop 69 to impose even stronger accountability protections…
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Chico - Redding

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Eureka - Humboldt

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Fresno - Central San Joaquin

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Inland Empire

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Kern - Inyo

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Los Angeles

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Monterey - Santa Cruz

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Orange County

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Sacramento

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San Diego

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Sierra Nevada - Gold Country

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Stockton - Modesto

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Ventura County

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