Sen. Dodd’s Transportation Savings, Streamlining Bill Advances
SACRAMENTO – Legislation from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that would reduce the cost of road projects, allowing more improvements with the same amount of money, cleared an important vote today.
“This bill is about streamlining the often duplicative and bureaucratic process, making every transportation dollar count,” Sen. Dodd said. “We can use that savings to expand both the number and quality of projects, providing Californians with the good roads they deserve.”
Senate Bill 137 eliminates redundant and less robust federal reviews associated with federal highway funding, saving time and money. Previously, only agencies serving populations under 200,000 were afforded the abbreviated process. SB 137 would waive the review for agencies of all sizes.
“It is definitely going to lower overall costs and get things built quicker,” said David Rabbitt, chairman of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and nominee to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. “At a time when deferred maintenance costs are mounting, it’s more important than ever. It will cut overhead and make money available for the actual projects. That’s a good thing.”
SB 137 cleared the Assembly transportation committee on Monday. It is supported by the California State Association of Counties as well as individual local government agencies.
“We’re pleased Sen. Dodd is carrying SB 137, which will help Solano Transportation Authority, our cities, county and transit operators to expedite and streamline the delivery of critical transportation projects,” said Daryl Halls, executive director of STA.
Senator Bill Dodd represents California’s 3rd Senate District, which includes all or portions of Napa, Solano, Sonoma, Yolo, Sacramento, and Contra Costa counties. You can learn more about Senator Dodd at www.sen.ca.gov/dodd.