Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, Senate Bill (SB) 1
Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, signed into law on April 28, 2017 is a transportation funding package signed April 28,2017. It invests $52 billion over the next decade to fix roads, freeways and bridges in communities across California and puts more dollars toward transit and safety. California’s state-maintained transportation infrastructure will receive roughly half of SB 1 revenue: $26 billion. The other half will go to local roads, transit agencies and an expansion of the state’s growing network of pedestrian and cycle routes. Each year, this new funding will be used to tackle deferred maintenance needs both on the state highway system and the local road system.
Infographic credit: Transportation California
MYTH: Fees went into place right away!
SB 1 fees did not go into effect until November 1, 2017.
MYTH: The state is going to take all the money and we're never going to see it trickle down to cities and
SB1 is tightening potential fund loopholes with the creation of the Independent Office of Audits and Investigations. This office is vested with the full authority monitor, investigate and report on fund use and project progress. SB-1 will also be protected under a constitutional amendment (ACA 5) which safeguards new dollars for transportation use only. ACA 5 will be voted on this November.
For more information on how the money is being divided, visit the Rebuilding California website.
MYTH: All car registration is being increased by $175!
Car registration increases depends on the value of the car. The $175 increase only for automobiles with a current value of $60,000 or more.
MYTH: SB 1 funds only highway improvements.
It includes funding for public transit and bicycle projects which will improve air quality.
The California gas tax has not been adjusted since 1994, not even for inflation, which means gas tax funds have actually gone down by 30% in the last 23 years, preventing necessary maintenance and improvements.
Value of Vehicle
|$1 - $4,999||$25|
|$5,000 - $24,000||$50|
|$25,000 - $34,999||$100|
|$35,000 - $59,999||$150|
|$60,000 and up||$175|
Fee changes do not start until Jan 1, 2018. The fee will be adjusted for inflation beginning Jan. 1, 2020
The Stockton Record - What will California's gas tax hike do for California Roads?
East County Magazine - Caltrans announces 15 local projects that will immediately benefit due to passage of SB 1
Orange County Register - New Poll Shows Support for Gas-tax Hike, Road Improvements
Op-Ed Article - Don't Make a U-turn on Fixing California's Roads
Mercury News -Higher gas tax speeds up work on highways 87 and 237
San Francisco Chronicle - California gas taxes to rise 12 cents a gallon next week
Where does the money go?
California’s state-maintained transportation infrastructure will receive roughly half of SB 1 revenue: $26 billion. The other half will go to local roads, transit agencies and an expansion of the state’s growing network of pedestrian and cycle routes. Each year, this new funding will be used to tackle deferred maintenance needs both on the state highway system and the local road system, including:
Source: Rebuilding California