Wednesday, October 17, 2018

TransportNews: CTC Approves Second Round of SB 1 Funding for Local Improvements (17 Oct)

For Immediate Release

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Amy MacPherson
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October 17, 2018
California Transportation Commission Approves Second Round of SB 1 Funding for Local Improvements
Self-help cities and counties to receive millions in new gas tax revenue
[Stockton] – Today, the California Transportation Commission (Commission) voted to commit more than $72 million in new revenue from the Road Repair and Accountability Act (SB 1) to dozens of local transportation improvement projects across the state.

The 2019 Local Partnership Formulaic Program adopted by the Commission today is the second cycle of SB 1 funding awarded to eligible cities and counties with voter approved taxes, tolls, and fees dedicated solely to transportation. The Commission approved 33 projects for paving, road rehabilitation, public transit expansion, pedestrian improvements and much more.

“By approving local measures, voters in these cities and counties have clearly demonstrated their commitment to investing in transportation,” said Commission Chair Fran Inman. “The projects adopted by the Commission today will leverage the funding provided by these communities to improve safety, mobility, quality of life, and economic growth.”

The Local Partnership Program provides eligible self-help cities and counties with new revenue generated by SB 1 each year to fund a wide range of transportation improvement projects. Half of the funds are distributed by formula, while the other half are awarded through a competitive program.

In January, the Commission approved the first round of formula funding, dedicating $176.5 million to 69 projects across Fiscal Years (FY) 2017-18 and 2018-19.

The projects approved in the 2019 Local Partnership Formulaic Program (FY 2019-20) include a variety of important transportation improvements throughout the state. Examples include:

Riverside County Transportation Commission
• Riverside County Transportation Commission – I-215/Placentia Avenue Interchange
  • $7 million to provide a new interchange to improve mobility, traffic flow, traffic congestion, and enhance air quality.

Sacramento Transportation Authority
• Sacramento Regional Transit District – Circulator Bus Service Expansion
  • $991,000 to fund the expansion of service throughout the district with the purchase of electric and/or gasoline buses for safe, reliable, and affordable transportation.

• Innovate 680: I-680 Northbound HOT/HOV Lanes
  • $2.2 million to reduce or close a 12-mile gap in HOT/HOV lanes to reduce congestion, improve traffic, and encourage the use of carpools and transit service.  

Fresno County Transportation Authority
• City of Fresno –Veterans Boulevard Interchange and Extension Phase 4a
  • $2.1 million to construct a four-lane arterial roadway to reduce congestion, improve goods movement, create accessibility for east-west multimodal travel options, and improve quality of life.

The full project list for the 2019 Local Partnership Formulaic Program adopted by the Commission today can be found online, here.

More information on the Local Partnership Program can be found online at: www.catc.ca.gov/programs/sb1/lpp.


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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

THIS WEEK ONLY: Island Press' 50% off sale!

THIS WEEK ONLY!  All print books (1,300+) are 50% off at Island Press.  Sale continues until 23:59, Sunday, 07 October.

This includes October's Book Month selection!

Questions for October's Book Club Contest: "Building the Cycling City"

For the October 2018 Book Club selection, TransportiCA has chosen Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality (Island Press), by Melissa and Chris Bruntlett.

Using writing, photography, film, and the power of social media, the Bruntlett’s communicate a more-human image of multi-modal transportation; one in which greatly promotes the public health, environmental, and social benefits of walking, cycling, and public transit. Further, the couples’ goal is improving on the significant strides already made in many cities, while creating a more open and welcoming environment, for residents and visitors alike.

With every month's selection, TransportiCA provides three questions, and if you send us all three correct responses by the end of the month, and your name is drawn, you will win a copy of the book.

The contest questions for Building the Cycling City are:
1) The Bruntlett's conscious decision to sell their family car occurred what year and season?
2) The Dutch have two words for people who ride bikes; what are they, and what are their ‘simple’ translations?
3) The Bruntlett's argue that "electric-assist bicycles," casually referred to as _________, are absolutely essential to make urban cycling a more broad, inviting, and inclusive activity.

Thank you for your interest in the Book Club, and best of luck with the contest!


No purchase is necessary, as questions are not taken directly from the publication, but from respective technical information and publicity.  To send in your response, submit via TransportiCA's "Contact Form" on the front-page (bottom left), sending your name, email address and answers.  The deadline for submission is 23:59, Wednesday, 31 October 2018.