Senate Bill 1: The 2017 Road Repair and Accountability Act
Senate Bill 1 increases funding for transportation improvements across California by more than $5 billion annually. Senate Bill 1 is funded by a combination of gas taxes and vehicle registration fees, and its investments are split equally between state-maintained transportation infrastructure and local transportation priorities. Revenues established by Senate Bill 1 cannot be diverted to other uses and must remain dedicated to the transportation programs listed in the legislation.
SB 1 provides over $390 million annually for the Bay Area.
The federal gas tax was last raised in 1993. Since then 38 states, including California, have passed legislation to raise their own state gas taxes.
Since last raised in 1994, California’s gas tax has yielded less revenue for every mile driven due to increased fuel efficiency, along with a 40% loss of its value due to inflation, and fuel efficiency means less revenue for every mile driven.
On November 6th, 2018, California voters rejected Prop 6, preserving Senate Bill 1 funds for local road repair and transit projects.
Why Is Senate Bill 1 Important For San Francisco?
Senate Bill 1 provides San Francisco with over $60 million per year to repave and maintain our roads, maintain and upgrade our rail infrastructure, and increase Muni service on our city's most crowded lines.
Senate Bill 1 also provides funding for statewide competitive grant programs. San Francisco will benefit from project that have already successfully received grants for projects to make biking and walking safer, and to purchase new Muni light rail vehicles and buses, new BART cars, and new Caltrain locomotives.
SENATE BILL 1 FUNDS MORE RELIABLE TRANSIT SERVICE
- $40.7 million annually for Muni operations and maintenance: Senate Bill 1 doubles the state’s contribution to Muni operations, and provides additional funding for maintenance.
- $25 million annually for BART, Caltrain, and the San Francisco Bay Ferry: In addition to the funds directly received by San Francisco, Senate Bill 1 provides funding for regional transit operators for much-needed improvements including escalator upgrades at BART stations, hiring more BART police officers and station cleaners, improving safety and reliability, and enhanced ferry service.
SENATE BILL 1 FUNDS Safer and Smoother Streets
- $22.6 million annually for street resurfacing and maintenance: Senate Bill 1 almost doubles the state’s contribution to San Francisco Public Works annual street resurfacing and maintenance program.
- $6 million for street resurfacing: The Transportation Authority Board dedicated an additional $6 million in funding from Senate Bill 1 to street resurfacing, bringing SB1’s contribution to about 40 percent of San Francisco’s annual street resurfacing budget.
- $7 million for Jefferson Street Improvements: Funding for SF Public Works to implement pedestrian improvements on Jefferson Street, between Jones St and Powell St.
SENATE BILL 1 FUNDS Congestion Relief
Senate Bill 1, together with other state funding sources, will provide millions of dollars for projects that reduce congestion. LIsted below are some of the congestion relief projects benefiting San Francisco residents, workers and visitors that have already been awarded Senate Bill 1 funds:
- Transbay Core Capacity Project: $318 million to BART for the purchase of new rail cars, maintenance facility expansion, and train control modernization.
- Caltrain Electrification: $164 million to Caltrain to support to purchase of 96 new electric train cars.
- SamTrans U.S. 101 Express Bus Pilot Project: $15 million to SamTrans toward launching four express bus routes on U.S. 101.
- Zero Emission Buses for AC Transit: $14 million to AC Transit to purchase 45 zero-emission buses that would add capacity to the Bay Bridge Transbay network as part of the Transbay Tomorrow and Clean Corridors Plan.
- San Mateo U.S. 101 Express Lanes / Santa Clara U.S. 101 Express Lanes Phase 3: $233 million for Caltrans/Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority to implement express lanes on U.S. 101.
Light rail vehicle: SFMTA