The California Transportation Commission (CTC) released their recommendations for funding projects in three S.B. 1 (gas tax) programs for the next three years. All three programs are competitive, which means that agencies can apply for the funding and projects if they meet specific criteria in the guidelines for each program.

An example of the specific criteria is, for projects in the Solutions for Congested Corridors Program, they must be “designed to reduce congestion in highly traveled and highly congested corridors through performance improvements that balance transportation improvements, community impacts, and provide environmental benefits.”

All three programs include funding to widen highways in order to alleviate car traffic, despite official acknowledgement by Caltrans, the CTC, and the Air Resources Board that California needs to stop investing in infrastructure that makes solo driving more attractive.

For the Congested Corridors program, the CTC received applications for 21 projects seeking over $1.3 billion in funding, and staff recommended seven of them, for about $500 million.

Some of the projects recommended for funding in Southern California are:

  • $65 million for Bus Rapid Transit along the I-10 corridor in San Bernardino.

  • $150 million to widen I-105 through L.A. from El Segundo to Norwalk. That is, existing HOV lanes will be changed to toll lanes, an additional toll lane will be produced with new striping, and new auxiliary lanes, etc, will be added to make it all work smoothly.

For the Trade Corridor Enhancements program, the CTC received 47 project applications seeking over $1.7 billion, and staff recommends funding 28 of them with $1.359 billion. Most of these projects are “highway improvements,” including widenings.

The Local Partnership Program, for its part, received 62 project applications seeking over $647 million, and staff recommends funding 21 of them for a total of $213 million. Those projects are a mix of improvements for local roads, transit, complete streets, and active transportation. One example is $7 million for “Bike Up and Down in Uptown,” which will bring protected bikeways, bike lanes, traffic calming, pedestrian connections, bus stop upgrades, and other stuff to San Diego’s Uptown district.

The recommendations will be taken up by the CTC at its Dec. 2 meeting.

 

 

 

 

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Neama Rahmani is the President and co-founder of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

Neama graduated from UCLA at the age of 19 and Harvard Law School at the age of 22, making him one of the youngest graduates in the 200-year history of the…

Neama Rahmani is the President and co-founder of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

Neama graduated from UCLA at the age of 19 and Harvard Law School at the age of 22, making him one of the youngest graduates in the 200-year history of the law school. Upon graduation, Neama was hired by O’Melveny & Myers, the largest law firm in Los Angeles, where he represented companies such as Disney, Marriott, and the Roman Catholic Church.

But Neama wanted to help ordinary people, not corporations, so he joined the United States Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted drug and human trafficking cases along the United States-Mexico border. While working as a federal prosecutor, Neama captured and successfully prosecuted a fugitive murderer and drug kingpin who had terrorized Southern California and was featured on “America’s Most Wanted.” Neama was then appointed to be the Director of Enforcement of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, an independent watchdog that oversees and investigates the elected officials and highest level employees of the City of Los Angeles, including the Mayor and City Council. He held that position until becoming a trial lawyer for the people.

Neama has extensive trial experience. He has led teams of more than 170 attorneys in litigation against the largest companies in the world. Neama has successfully tried dozens of cases to verdict as lead trial counsel, and has argued before both state and federal appeals courts. Over the course of his career, Neama has handled thousands of cases as attorney of record and has helped his clients obtain more than $1 billion in settlements and judgments.