CalBike Digging Deep to Ensure Accountability in Transportation Spending

by / March 29, 2018

 

Update: The CTC sent us 30 lbs of records in response to our letters! But it's not enough by any measure. We need more information for real accountability. We've responded with a request for further records and justification of any delay or withholding, and the CalBike policy team will keep you up to date as we learn more about the projects funded by these 3 massive new programs.

Last year's Road Repair and Accountability Act, Senate Bill 1, augmented California's transportation budget by $5.2 billion a year. The law and the discussion around its adoption emphasized repaving and rebuilding, with relatively little (still too much) dedicated to new auto traffic capacity. The California Transportation Commission is responsible for implementing the law as it distributes those and more dollars to projects around the state.

How well is it meeting the letter and the intent of SB1 and the state's other transportation policies aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support equity and active transportation? We're not sure.

That's why CalBike's Senior Policy Advocate Jared Sanchez has asked for data to analyze the projects funded by the CTC. The data is public, but it's not accessible. Sanchez is going to change that. 

Below is the list of data that Sanchez requested, and for which we're still waiting. We will keep you updated as we get the data and analyze the CTC's funding priorities according to the state's stated priorities and our own equity- and active transportation-oriented values. 


All submitted project application packages proposed to the California Transportation Commission by county, regional, and state agencies for Local Partnership Program (LPP)—for both the formulaic and competitive programs. LPP project application packages were submitted to the Commission and were due by December 15, 2017 for the former and January 30, 2018 for the latter. “Project application packages” include project nominations and all supporting documentation starting on page 9 of the 2018 Local Partnership Program Guidelines adopted October 18, 2017.

All submitted project application packages proposed to the California Transportation Commission by county, regional, and state agencies for Trade Corridor Enhancement Program (TCEP). TCEP project application packages were submitted to the Commission and were due by January 30, 2018. “Project application packages” include project nominations and all supporting documentation starting on page 13 of the 2018 Trade Corridor Enhancement Program Guidelines adopted October 18, 2017.

All submitted project application packages proposed to the California Transportation Commission by county, regional, and state agencies for the Solutions for Congested Corridors Program (SCCP). SCCP project application packages were submitted to the Commission and were due by February 16, 2018. “Project application packages” include project nominations and all supporting documentation starting on page 9 of the 2018 Solutions for Congested Corridors Program Guidelines adopted December 6, 2017.

All submitted Regional Transportation Improvement Programs (RTIPs) presented to the California Transportation Commission by regional agencies for the 2018 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). 2018 STIP proposals were submitted through these RTIPs and were due to the Commission by December 15, 2017.

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