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Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, was signed into law on April 28, 2017. This legislative package invests $54  billion over the next decade to fix roads, freeways and bridges in communities across California.

These funds will be split equally between state and local investments. In this section you will find ways that cities and counties are using the funding to increase efficient transportation choices and  make their communities safer and more economically viable.

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Rialto

Rialto Receives Active Transportation Funding

For many residents without cars in the City of Rialto, public transportation is the lifeline to employment and educational opportunities. However, Rialto severely lacks the infrastructure that can help residents, particularly those of low-income, get to the transit station and to the jobs, they so desperately need.

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Photo Credit: City of Santa Monica, William Short

Santa Monica Accelerates Safety Improvements

Wilshire Boulevard is one of the most famous streets in Los Angeles County, extending over fifteen miles from Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica to the financial district of downtown LA. Densely developed throughout most of its span, the roadway serves as a major transit corridor for local and regional bus services and a crucial street for pedestrians walking to jobs, stores and restaurants. Over the past 10 years, six people have died and another 29 received injuries in bike and pedestrian-related crashes on the busy stretch road in the City of Santa Monica.

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Davis Train Station

Davis Addresses Amtrak Station Accessibility

The City of Davis is hoping to alleviate traffic congestion along its busy I-80 corridor by using $250,000 recently awarded in SB1 grant funds to develop a plan for improving ridership and access to its Amtrak station. The Davis Amtrak station currently ranks third busiest on the Capitol Corridor line and serves as the regional hub for Yolo and Eastern Solano Counties. However, city officials say that a lack of parking and its isolated location prevents more people from optimizing this public transportation option.

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City of Watsonville

Watsonville Strives to Increase Safe Routes to School

The City of Watsonville will be using $321,000 recently awarded in SB1 funding to help students get to school safely. The city is collaborating with the award winning non-profit, Ecology Action and the County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency to prepare a plan that aims to improve access for students walking and biking to 15 Watsonville schools.

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Citrus Heights Seeks Infrastructure Improvements

Skewed intersections, excessive speeds, and inadequate bike and pedestrian infrastructure has created unsafe and sometimes deadly conditions on Old Auburn Road in the City of Citrus Heights. The city is hoping to change that using $190,000 it just received in SB 1 funding. The grant will support a Complete Streets Plan for the busy regional thoroughfare that cuts diagonally through Citrus Heights. Old Auburn Road crosses several other major roads, and lacks sidewalks and bicycle infrastructure which creates unsafe conditions. 

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Indio is Growing Fast and Smart

Indio is one of the fastest growing cities in the Coachella Valley, and that does not even count the 1.4 million visitors that converge on the city each year because of its popular attractions like the Coachella Valley Music Festival.  A lack of a funding and resources has left the city without the tools and plans it needs to grow and accommodate its new reality. The city been undergoing a General Plan update for the past six months, and now will have the opportunity to address its transportation troubles thanks to SB1 funding. 

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