Today, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) will join more than 260 organizations in communities across the country to participate in the nationwide Stand Up 4 Transportation Day. This day of advocacy, sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), is focused on urging Congress to pass a comprehensive, long-term federal investment before MAP-21, the current funding legislation, expires on May 31, 2015.
MAP-21, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (P.L. 112-141), was signed into law by President Obama on July 6, 2012. Funding surface transportation programs at over $105 billion for fiscal years (FY) 2013 and 2014, MAP-21 is the first long-term highway authorization enacted since 2005.
The traditional source of transportation funding has been the 18.4-cents-per-gallon federal gas tax that was established in the 1930s. The tax has not been increased since 1993, and improvements in car fuel efficiency have greatly sapped its purchasing power in recent years.
The federal government typically spends about $50 billion per year on transportation projects, but the gas tax only brings in $34 billion.
Contra Costa County is one of 19 counties in California that are known as Self-Help Counties. CCTA is a public agency formed by Contra Costa voters in 1988 to manage the county’s transportation sales tax program and to do countywide transportation planning. Californians depend on CCTA and the other agencies for accessible, safe, innovative and cutting edge transportation solutions. Each county delivers voter-approved (by super-majority) transportation sales tax measures that fund transit, highway, freight, bicycle, pedestrian and other mobility programs.
Based on the Self-Help Counties’ expenditure plans, over $95 billion will be infused in California’s transportation infrastructure from local transportation sales tax measures over the next 28 years. State and Federal dollars provide some assistance in funding these projects.
“Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Thursday, April 2, 2015, that the federal government would run out of money for infrastructure projects in July, two months later than expected.
The new deadline comes as lawmakers are scrambling to find a way to pay for an extension of a transportation funding bill that is currently scheduled to expire in May.
Foxx said the Transportation Department would have a cushion of about two months if Congress misses the deadline, but after that he said the agency would have to start cutting off payments to state and local governments.” from The Hill
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