About SB 1

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.

As written in the bill, statewide taxes and fees dedicated to the maintenance of the system had not been increased in more than 20 years. Those revenues lost more than 55 percent of their purchasing power — costs to maintain the system had steadily increased, while much of the underlying infrastructure had aged past its expected useful life. Failing to address this growing problem meant that more drastic measures would be required to maintain our system in the future, essentially passing the burden on to future generations.

Transportation funding has historically been impacted by two main factors: inflation and vehicle fuel efficiency. The state gas tax had not been adjusted for inflation since 1994, which significantly reduced its purchasing power. Also, as fuel efficiency increased, California drivers were buying less gas and paying less in gas taxes.

The passage of SB 1 adjusted fuel rates for past inflation and includes future inflation adjustments, solving the inflation issue and delaying any expected transportation funding shortfalls by a decade or more. SB 1 provides needed funding to address this gap while fixing California’s aging infrastructure. SB 1 will repair or replace roads, bridges, culverts, and traffic management systems. SB 1 will also play a major role in reducing traffic congestion and greenhouse gases, improving transportation options such as transit, rail and active transportation, while improving safety, goods movement, accessibility, and equity throughout the system.

California’s state-maintained transportation network receives roughly half of SB 1 revenue. The other half goes to local roads, transit agencies and an expansion of the state’s growing network of pedestrian and cycle routes. Each year, this funding is used to tackle deferred maintenance needs both on the state highway system and the local road system, including:

State Funding

Maintenance and Rehabilitation of the State Highway System link to page

$1.8 billion
Transit

Funding to Transit Agencies link to page

Over $750 million
culverts and drains

Maintaining and Repairing the State’s Bridges and Culverts

$400 million
Local Streets and Roads

Repairs to Local Streets and Roads link to page

$1.5 billion
trade corridors

Trade Corridor Enhancement Program link to page

$300 million
Money from this program funds freight projects along important trade corridor routes.
congestion relief

Solutions for Congested Corridors Program link to page

$250 million
Money from this program goes to projects from regional agencies and the state that improves traffic flow and mobility along the state’s most congested routes while also seeking to improve air quality and health.
Local Funding

Matching Funds for Local Agencies link to page

$200 million
This money goes to local entities who are already making their own extra investment in transportation. These matching funds supports the efforts of cities and counties with voter-approved transportation tax measures.
Local Funding

Local Planning Grants link to page

$25 million
Addresses community needs by providing support for planning that may have previously lacked funding. Good planning increases the value of transportation investments.
bike and pedestrian

Bike and Pedestrian Projects link to page

$100 million
This goes to cities, counties and regional transportation agencies to build or convert more bike paths, crosswalks and sidewalks. It is a significant increase in funding for these projects through the Active Transportation Program.
transportation related research

Transportation-Related Research at state universities

$7 million
Research help to identify cost-effective materials and methods to improve the benefits of transportation investments.
freeway service patrol

Freeway Service Patrol

$25 million
Assists stranded motorists on the most congested freeways to keep drivers moving during peak hours.
workforce training

Workforce Training Programs

$5 million
Every $1 billion spent on infrastructure projects creates more than 11,000 jobs, according to federal government estimates. California needs to ensure there is a ready workforce to build these transportation projects.