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funding

How to fund transit in Sac county

This post is a follow-on to three previous posts, in particular: transportation funding ideas, 2020/07/17 no Measure A in 2020, 2020/07/16 Against Measure A, 2020/07/01 and many other posts on this blog (category Measure B) and on Sacramento Transit Advocates and Riders (categories Measure B 2016 and Measure A 2020). It is quite possible that Sacramento […]

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funding

SB1 Local Partnership Program applications

The California Transportation Commission (CTC) yesterday released the list of applications for the Local Partnership Program (LPP) which is one of many programs in SB 1, the transportation bill. The SACOG projects have been selected and are below (with pdf link). Though these are just applications, and the process of selecting and awarding projects will […]

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funding transportation

roads in California and Sacramento County

In preparation for some exploration of funding sources for roads, it helps to see what the situation is with the jurisdictions and types of roads, for mileage and VMT. Jurisdiction means the level of government responsible for the road. This is not always clear from simply looking at a road. If there is a federal […]

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transportation

Measure BB Sales Tax in Alameda County

In 2014, voters in Alameda county passed a sales tax, Measure BB, by 70%. This measure is seen as a model for progressive use of sales tax in a county, and the Alameda County Transportation Commission simultaneously achieved recognition as a progressive transportation agency. The measure continued an existing half cent sales tax and added […]

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SacRT

SacRT issues and solutions

Another list of ideas for improving SacRT. This was developed as part of my work with 350Sac Transportation Committee, but again, the ideas are mine and not the committee’s. SacRT issues funding SacRT is the most poorly funded transit system of its size in California; the limited amount provided by Sacramento Measure A (through the Sacramento […]

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legislation

I don’t want a transportation bill

As the “deadline” approaches for passage of a transportation bill, and the balance in the highway trust fund is in free fall, everyone seems to be falling in line behind the idea that we must pass a bill. I disagree. The federal transportation funding system strongly favors motor vehicles, with a small amount set aside […]

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transportation

The Active Transportation Program petition

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership, along with a number of coalition partners, has offered a petition to increase the amount of funding for California’s Active Transportation Program (ATP). Information on the petition is at Safe Routes to School California and California Walks. What follows is not intended to discourage you from signing the […]

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transportation Vision Zero

SHSP Update

This is one of the nerdier posts I’ve written in a while, and much of it probably won’t make sense to anyone who has not been involved in SHSP. Why is it important? Because all of the safety funds in California, some of the transportation budget, and much agency effort go to the priorities identified […]

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RT Light Rail SacRT

improving SacRT

The condition and future of Sacramento Regional Transit (SacRT), particularly the light rail system, has been much in the news recently: Back-seat Driver: Tug of war at Sacramento transit agency Regional Transit working on improvements, in response to business community Editorial: Arena provides spark for fixing Regional Transit Sacramento transit officials agree their light rail […]

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transportation

Foxx challenges mayors, but not funding

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx challenged the nation’s mayors to reduce pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities and injuries on his Fast Lane blog and detail. The challenge has been repeated many places, including Streetsblog USA. Though I’m happy that the secretary is bringing attention to the issue of rising pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities (while motor vehicle […]