NCTC would like your input! Do you value bicycle and pedestrian access to schools, senior housing, transit, tourist attractions, or other amenities? Would you like to see more sidewalks, bike lanes and trails? Is safety the priority for you? We invite you to share your opinion by using the Nevada County Active Transportation Plan interactive online map now until October 7 and vote for a list of possible bicycle and pedestrian projects or suggest some of your own. Your opinion counts!
Learn more by visiting the Active Transportation Plan page on our website where we will have information on upcoming public workshops and updates on the progress of the ATP. Let us know where you stand (or walk or bike)!
It is predicted that Senate Bill 1 will provide more than $5 billion annually for maintenance, repair, and safety improvements on state highways, local streets and roads, and bridges. In total, it is estimated that SB 1 will generate:
- $1.5 billion for the State Highway Operations and Protection Program
- $1.5 billion for local streets and roads
- $400 million for bridge maintenance and repairs
- $300 million for goods movement and freight projects
- $275 million for congested corridors and relief management
- $200 million for the Local Partnership Program to match locally generated transportation funds
- $100 million for the Active Transportation Program to improve safety and expand access on streets, roads and highways for bicyclists and pedestrians
- $750 million for mass transit
In 2017, two initiatives were launched to repeal SB 1 on the November 2018 ballot. However, one of the two initiatives failed to attract enough signatures by the January 8, 2018 deadline to add it to the ballot. The second measure to repeal SB 1 is continuing to move forward and supporters indicated in late January that they had received two thirds of the 585,407 signatures needed to qualify the initiative for the November ballot. This measure would repeal SB 1 and would amend the California Constitution to require future gas tax increases to be approved by the voters.
SB 1 generates $54 billion over the next decade, split evenly between state and local investments, to fix transportation infrastructure across California. The $5.4 billion-a-year investment comes with strict new accountability provisions to ensure funds can only be spent on transportation.
SB 1 funds will enable Caltrans to fix more than 17,000 lane miles of pavement, 500 bridges, and 55,000 culverts by 2027. Caltrans will also fix 7,700 traffic operating systems, like ramp meters, traffic cameras and electric highway message boards that help reduce highway congestion. When this work is finished, 98 percent of pavement on state facilities will be in good or fair condition, up from 85 percent today.
In addition to the work Caltrans is expediting, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) and CalSTA are preparing to award SB 1 funds to competitive transportation grant programs to improve California’s trade corridors, expand public transit systems, provide relief to congested commute corridors and provide state matching funds to help cities and counties build better communities.
“SB 1 dedicates transportation dollars to transportation purposes. With the law in place we can begin to put thousands of people to work rebuilding California and its local communities,” said CalSTA Secretary Brian Kelly. “This investment creates jobs, improves roads and bridges and has strong public accountability.”
Until SB 1 was signed by Governor Brown earlier this year, California had not significantly invested in the state’s transportation infrastructure in 23 years; since then, California’s population has grown by eight million, with millions more vehicles and trucks on the state highway system. Californians also drive more than 350 billion miles a year – more than any other state.
For a list of Nevada County projects scheduled to receive SB 1 funds, click here:
Caltrans is committed to conducting its business in a fully transparent manner and detailing its progress to the public. For complete details on SB 1 visit http://www.rebuildingca.ca.gov/.
The first Corridor Management Plan for SR 49 was developed by NCTC in 1992 to develop strategies to increase capacity and preserve operational function of SR 49. Following the passage of Proposition 1B in November 2006, Caltrans and its partners took a dynamic turn in transportation planning and systems operations with the creation of Corridor System Management Plans (CSMPs). CSMPs support a partnership-based, integrated management of all travel modes (cars, trucks, transit, bicycles, and pedestrians) and infrastructure (highways, roads, rail tracks, information systems and bike routes) so that mobility along the corridor is provided in the most efficient and effective manner possible.
Caltrans' first CSMP for SR 49 was completed in 2009, with "State of the Corridor" reports in 2010, 2011 and 2012. As part of the regional transportation planning process in the 2017/18 fiscal year, NCTC, in coordination with Caltrans, is seeking proposals from consulting firms to assist with an update of the SR 49 CSMP. This update will identify operational deficiencies, bicycle route gaps, user safety enhancements, and operational improvements within the corridor from the Nevada/Placer County line to McKnight Way Overcrossing in Grass Valley. Through data analysis the consultant will develop a list of projects that improve safety, reduce travel time or delay, reduce traffic congestion, improve connectivity between modes and facilities, improve travel time reliability, and expand mobility options along the corridor in a cost-effective manner.