AB 1 (Frazier) Transportation Funding Dead
Would have created the Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program to fund road maintenance and rehabilitation, safety projects, railroad grade separations, and active transportation projects. The bill also would have established a number of new revenue sources and expanded existing revenue sources to fund the Program. Of specific interest to the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the bill would have doubled the continuous Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) appropriation for the Transit and Intercity Capital Rail Program and the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program, and would have imposed a $165 registration and renewal fee for zero emission and near-zero emission vehicles. In addition, the bill would have required the California Transportation Commission (CTC) to consult the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan when determining Trade Corridors Improvement Fund projects, and would have expanded the definition of disadvantaged communities for the purposes of those projects. Finally, the bill would have established an independent Office of the Transportation Inspector General to ensure that all State agencies that expend transportation funds are operating efficiently, effectively, and in compliance with applicable federal and State laws.
Died without a hearing in the Assembly Transportation Committee.