SB 1: The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017
California counties are seeing a significant influx of new revenue to invest in the local street and road system from Senate Bill 1 (Beall and Frazier), a landmark transportation funding package that was signed by Governor Brown on April 28, 2017. This measure was in response to California’s significant funding shortfall to maintain the state’s multimodal transportation network which is the backbone of the economy and critical to the quality of life in the Golden State.
SB 1 increased several taxes and fees to raise over $5 billion annually in new transportation revenues. Moreover, SB 1 provides for inflationary adjustments so that the purchasing power of the revenues does not diminish as it has in the past. SB 1 prioritizes funding towards maintenance and rehabilitation and safety improvements on state highways, local streets and roads, and bridges and to improve the state’s trade corridors, transit, and active transportation facilities.
The revenues will be phased-in over several years as follows:
- The fuel tax increase began on November 1, 2017,
- The value-based transportation improvement fee began on January 1, 2018,
- The price-based excise tax will be reset on July 1, 2019, and
- The new zero emissions vehicle fee will begin on July 1, 2020.
Once fully implemented, approximately $1.5 billion per year in new revenue is earmarked for local streets and roads maintenance and rehabilitation and other eligible uses, including complete streets projects, traffic signals, and drainage improvements. California’s counties will share about $750 million annually, and the same amount will be allocated to cities.
In addition to formula funding, county roads will be eligible to compete for additional funding for active transportation and complete streets projects, congested corridor projects, goods movement improvements, and additional state matching funds for self-help counties that pass sales taxes or impose comprehensive development fees to fund transportation. This funding package is a huge step forward for every Californian who relies on our transportation system.
Bill text and summary
Funding estimates & MAINTENANCE OF EFFORT
SB 1 Local streets and roads funding Tool kit
- Press Release Template
- Suggested Talking Points
- Project List Resolution Template
- Sample OpEds
- Example Social Media Posts
Media Coverage of SB 1 Implementation
SB 1 implementation updates
Implementing SB 1: What Cities and Counties Need to Know – August 11, 2017
Transportation Funding Deal Explained - April 28, 2017
The California Transportation Commission (CTC) is charged with oversight of several SB 1-funded programs, including reporting on the use of local streets and roads funding. The CTC is currently developing guidance for the several programs for which counties are eligible for funding. Caltrans is administering transportation planning and climate adaptation grant programs funded by SB 1, for which counties are eligible. The California State Transportation Agency is administering SB 1’s transit and rail programs. CSAC’s comments on various program guidelines and links to relevant webpages with the latest information on each program are included below:
- General CTC SB 1 Implementation Webpage
- CTC SB 1 Implementation Schedule
- CTC Guidelines Workshop Schedule
- Final CTC SB 1 Local Streets and Roads Reporting Guidelines
Local Streets and Roads (LSR) Funding
- Draft CTC LSR Reporting Guidelines
- CSAC/League Comments on CTC’s Draft LSR Reporting Guidelines
- Final Adopted CTC LSR Reporting Guidelines and Staff Report
Sustainable Communities and Climate Adaptation Grants Program
- Caltrans Transportation Planning Grants Webpage
- CSAC Comments – Sustainable Communities Planning
- Final Caltrans Sustainable Communities Planning Grant Guidelines
- CSAC Comments – Climate Adaptation Planning
- Final Caltrans Adaptation Planning Grant Guidelines