Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, was signed into law on April 28, 2017 and is a landmark transportation investment opportunity to rebuild California by fixing local roads, freeways, and bridges in communities across California. This legislative package invests $54 billion over the next decade to fix roads, freeways and bridges in communities across California and puts more dollars toward transit and safety.
Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) (Beall, Chapter 5, Statutes of 2017), also known as the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, was passed by the California Legislature and signed into law by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on April 28, 2017. SB 1 provides the first significant, stable and ongoing increase in state transportation funding in over two decades. The increase in funding allows Local Agencies and Caltrans to fix California’s roads and bridges, reduce traffic delays, improve goods movement, and increase options for transit, intercity rail, and active transportation. SB 1 increases funding for California’s transportation system by an average of $5.4 billion annually, split between state and local investments.
Prior to the passage of SB 1, California faced a $59 billion shortfall to adequately maintain the existing state highway system in order to keep it in a basic state of good repair. Similarly, cities and counties faced a $78 billion shortfall over the next decade to adequately maintain the existing network of local streets and roads.