About Senate Bill 1: The 2017 Road Repair and Accountability Act
Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, is a landmark transportation investment package that increases funding for fixing roads, freeways, and bridges across California, and provides funding for transit and tackling congestion on commute corridors.
The funding package, estimated at more than $50 billion over the next 10 years, is funded by a combination of gas taxes and vehicle registration fees. Senate Bill 1's investments are split equally between statewide improvements and local transportation priorities including local streets, transit, and pedestrian and bicycle projects.
On May 22, 2018, the Transportation Authority Board unanimously voted in support of California Proposition 69, the “Transportation Taxes and Fees Lockbox and Appropriations Limit Exemption Amendment,” which would ensure new funding will remain dedicated to the transportation programs listed in Senate Bill 1. The proposition would ban lawmakers from diverting either new diesel sales tax revenue or new vehicle registration fees away from transportation improvements. California voters will cast their ballots on this proposition in the June 5, 2018 election.
Why Is Senate Bill 1 Important For San Francisco?
Senate Bill 1 provides San Francisco with over $60 million per year in formula-based funds that will be used to repave and maintain our roads, maintain and upgrade our rail infrastructure, and increase Muni service on our city's most crowded lines. The Department of Public Works has already identified neighborhood streets and arterials that will be repaired using Senate Bill 1 funds:
In addition to the funds directly received by San Francisco, regional transit providers like BART, Caltrain, and the San Francisco Bay Ferry will receive over $25 million per year for much-needed improvements including escalator upgrades, hiring more police officers and station cleaners, improving safety and reliability, and enhanced ferry service.
Competitive Grant Programs
Senate Bill 1 competitive grant programs provide San Francisco the opportunity to advance important local and regional priorities by leveraging San Francisco's local transportation funds. San Francisco plans to compete for grants to make biking and walking safer, purchase new Muni light rail vehicles and buses, purchase new BART cars and new Caltrain locomotives, and to help manage congestion in heavily-trafficked corridors such as U.S. 101.
The state's transportation agencies recently recommended the following projects for competitive grant funding:
- Jefferson Street Improvements Phase II: $7 million to SF Public Works to implement pedestrian improvements along with landscape improvements along Jefferson Street.
- SFMTA Transit Capacity Expansion Program: $27 million to the SFMTA to purchase 8 new light rail vehicles.
- 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.