Proposition 1B - Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality, and Port Security Bond
- Anyone remember California State Proposition 1B? Here is a little refresher training. By the end of May, about $6 billion of the $20 billion has been allocated.Anticipate another post or two on this subject.Short sea shipping is one of the ways to reduce emissions. So far, even with fuel prices heading highter, it seems to need a government subsidy to make it work. For goods movement, rail grade crossings is a major item. There is a couple in Southern California and possibilities in Northern California, one being the Port of Oakland's 7th Street Grade Separation - i.e. replacing the existing out of date bridge and widening 7th Street.Phelps
Results as of Nov 14 5:08pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (25090/25090) Information shown below: Summary | Fiscal Impact | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |
Should the state sell $19.9 billion in general obligation bonds to fund state and local transportation improvement projects to relieve congestion, improve movement of goods, improve air quality, and enhance safety and security of the transportation system?
This act makes safety improvements and repairs to state highways, upgrades freeways to reduce congestion, repairs local streets and roads, upgrades highways along major transportation corridors, improves seismic safety of local bridges, expands public transit, helps complete the state's network of car pool lanes, reduces air pollution, and improves anti-terrorism security at shipping ports by providing for a bond issue not to exceed nineteen billion nine hundred twenty-five million dollars ($19,925,000,000). (Put on the ballot by the Legislature)
Summary Prepared by the State Attorney General:
State costs of approximately $38.9 billion over 30 years to repay bonds. Additional unknown state and local operations and maintenance costs.
Fiscal Impact from the Legislative Analyst:
- A YES vote on this measure means:
- The state could sell $19.9 billion in general obligation bonds, for state and local transportation improvement projects to relieve congestion, improve the movement of goods, improve air quality, and enhance the safety and security of the transportation system.
- A NO vote on this measure means:
- The state could not sell $19.9 billion in general obligation bonds, for these purposes.
Meaning of Voting Yes/No Official Sources of Information Arguments Submitted
- Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 1B:
- YES on 1B jump-starts traffic relief, mass transit, and safety improvements in every corner of the state without raising taxes. 1B builds new roads and transportation improvement projects that enhance mobility and protect our economic future. Rebuild California: YES on 1B--safer roads, reduced congestion, and a strong economy, http://www.ReadForYourself.org.
- Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 1B:
- California cannot afford to continue borrowing its way into a false sense of economic security. More borrowing means worsening budget deficits. A no vote will force the Legislature to focus on paying for our transportation needs with existing funds in a fiscally responsible manner. Please vote NO on 1B.
- Contact FOR Proposition 1B:
- Let's Rebuild California
1127 11th Street, Suite 950
Sacramento, CA 95814
- Contact AGAINST Proposition 1B:
- California Taxpayer Protection Committee
Thomas N. Hudson, Executive Director
9971 Base Line Road
Elverta, CA 95626-9411
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- KQED/FM Forum Discussion about Bond Debt - 10/13 (1 hr) with host Dave Iverson
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As approved by the voters in the November 2006 general elections, Proposition 1B enacts the Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality, and Port Security Bond Act of 2006 to authorize $19.925 billion of state general obligation bonds for specified purposes, including high-priority transportation corridor improvements, State Route 99 corridor enhancements, trade infrastructure and port security projects, school bus retrofit and replacement purposes, state transportation improvement program augmentation, transit and passenger rail improvements, state-local partnership transportation projects, transit security projects, local bridge seismic retrofit projects, highway-railroad grade separation and crossing improvement projects, state highway safety and rehabilitation projects, and local street and road improvement, congestion relief, and traffic safety.
ProgramAvailableCommitted1Balance(dollars in thousands) Corridor Mobility Improvement Account (CMIA) $4,500,000 $4,489,707 $10,293 Route 99 Corridor Account (Rte 99) $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $0 Trade Corridors Improvement Fund $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $0 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) Augmentation $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $0 State Highway Operations and Protection Program (SHOPP) $500,000 $500,000 $0 Traffic Light Synchronization $250,000 0 $250,000 State-Local Partnership Program Account $1,000,000 0 $1,000,000 Local Bridge Seismic Retrofit Account $125,000 $125,000 $0 Highway-Railroad Crossing Safety Account $250,000 0 $250,000 Intercity Rail Improvement $400,000 $400,000 $0 Public Transportation Modernization, Improvement, and Service Enhancement Account $3,600,000 $393,978 $3,206,022 Local Street and Road, Congestion Relief, and Traffic Safety Account of 2006 $2,000,000 $721,852 $1,278,148 Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program $1,000,000 $200,000 $800,000 School Bus Retrofit and Replacement Account $200,000 0 $200,000 Port, Harbor, and Ferry Terminal Security Account $100,000 $40,000 $60,000 Transit System Safety, Security & Disaster Response Account $1,000,000 $75,000 $925,000 Total $19,925,000 $11,945,537 $7,979,463
1 These figures include a two percent reserve for bond administration fees.
This is the commission who will allocate the Proposition 1B funds. It's staff just issued a 128 page report 2008 State Transportation Improvement Program,(STIP), http://www.catc.ca.gov/programs/STIP/2008_STIP_Staff_Recommendations.pdf. Funding will bump up another billion to just under $6 billion if approved at a CTC meeting the end of May.
California Transportation Commission (CTC)
The California Transportation Commission (CTC) was established in 1978 by Assembly Bill 402 (Chapter 1106, Statutes of 1977) out of a growing concern for a single, unified California transportation policy. The Commission replaced and assumed the responsibilities of four independent bodies: The California Highway Commission, the State Transportation Board, the State Aeronautics Board, and the California Toll Bridge Authority.
The California Transportation Commission consists of eleven voting members and two non-voting ex-officio members. Of the eleven voting members, nine are appointed by the Governor, one is appointed by the Senate Rules Committee, and one is appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly. The two ex-officio non-voting members are appointed from the State Senate and Assembly, usually the respective chairs of the transportation policy committee in each house.
The Commission is responsible for the programming and allocating of funds for the construction of highway, passenger rail and transit improvements throughout California. The Commission, also advises and assists the Secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing Agency and the Legislature in formulating and evaluating state policies and plans for Californias transportation programs. The Commission is also an active participant in the initiation and development of State and Federal legislation that seeks to secure financial stability for the States transportation needs.Here is an example of a request to use Proposition 1B funds.Port of Oakland
November 13, 2006Port of Oakland Will Seek $600 Million from Passage of California Proposition 1B
(Oakland, Calif.) - November 13, 2006 - Port of Oakland officials are pleased that California voters passed Proposition 1B, the $20 billion transportation bond measure during last Tuesdays midterm elections with over 60% of the vote. The Port will seek approximately $600 million for goods movement initiatives, environmental programs, and security enhancements from these bonds.
We are truly grateful to California voters for passing this important bond measure, said Port of Oakland Director of Maritime, Wilson Lacy. Funding from these bonds will give the Port the opportunity to finance significant projects that will enable us to move goods quickly, reliably, and safely. Proposition 1B not only contains funding for critical infrastructure projects, it also provides funds for environmental solutions to address the impacts of increased goods movement in our state.
Waterborne commerce through California ports accounts for 43% of the countrys total goods. The volume of business through California ports has increased five times faster than corresponding growth in infrastructure. Last year, the Port of Oakland moved over 2.3 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units: the industry standard for counting containers).
The Port of Oakland has identified projects, both near the Port and at gateways connecting critical goods movement corridors with the rest of the country that would benefit from Proposition 1B funding. Priority projects include:
- 7th Street Grade Separation - This project will increase the Ports capacity for moving cargo through the Port area. The current rail bridges and roadways were constructed in phases between 1930 and 1954 and cannot meet the rail infrastructure requirements for future Port growth. Replacing the existing rail bridge will also involve the widening of 7th Street, a major arterial street that connects the Port with I-880.
- Green Rail Facility - This project will create an intermodal rail terminal at the location of the former Oakland Army Base. The project will include the construction of container loading and unloading tracks, container parking areas and connections to the major railroad lines. This facility will increase rail terminal capacity from approximately 640,000 containers per year to 1.7 million containers. This project will also include the development of a state-of-the-art, clean-air facility, with fully-electric yard operations.
We also thank the Governor and our state legislators for their continued leadership and commitment in the area of transportation and goods movement, said Oakland Board of Port Commissioners President Anthony Batarse. These transportation funds will help us reach our global customers and at the same time, provide hundreds of local jobs.
Over the past decade, the Port has spent close to one billion dollars to modernize and expand the capacity of its marine terminals. The projects include dredging channels to -50 feet, creating modern intermodal rail terminals, and converting a former naval supply center into state-of-the-art marine terminals. The Port has also been an industry leader in supporting environmentally-friendly initiatives that benefit the local community by reducing harmful emissions from cargo-handling equipment, port-area trucks, and other related maritime operations. Now, the Port is turning its focus to increasing the capacity and velocity of the surface transportation network that provides access to the Port.
About the Port of Oakland:
The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland seaport, Oakland International Airport and 19 miles of waterfront. The Oakland seaport is the 4th busiest container port in the U.S.; Oakland International Airport offers more than 200 daily non-stop flights to 42 domestic and international destinations; and the Ports commercial real estate includes Jack London Square, Oakland's premier entertainment spot along the waterfront. The Port of Oakland was established in 1927 and is an independent department of the City of Oakland. Web site: www.portofoakland.comMedia Contacts:
Port of Oakland
Public Affairs Director
Government Relations Manager