SB 901 (Bates) – Coordinating Environmental Mitigation for Transportation Projects: Streamlines transportation project approvals by facilitating collaboration on environmental mitigation in advance of project delivery, and provides opportunities to achieve cost savings.
SB 902 (Cannella) – Streamlining Duplicative Environmental Review Processes: Enables Caltrans to participate in a federal pilot program which would allow a project’s environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to also satisfy its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review. This would prevent duplication by eliminating the need to complete two redundant environmental review processes when one would suffice.
SB 903 (Nguyen) – Repaying California’s Transportation Loans: Uses money from the state’s Rainy Day Fund, established by voters through Proposition 2, to pay down transportation loans, resulting in long-term savings for California.
SB 1141 (Moorlach) – Caltrans County Pilot: Creates a pilot program to allow two counties to take over all Caltrans responsibilities for all the highways in their jurisdiction for five years.
SB 1197 (Cannella) – Extending Intercity Rail Corridors: Allows the Capitol Corridor to extend south of San Jose, to Salinas, and the LOSSAN Corridor to extend north of San Luis Obispo, to San Jose/San Francisco.
SB 1223 (Huff) – Generating New Revenue for Road Maintenance and Repair: At no cost to the state through a public/private partnership, Caltrans’ existing changeable message sign (CMS) network would be upgraded to provide state-of-the-art responsive, high-definition information capability for enhanced statewide emergency and traveler communications. Commercial advertising displays (when Caltrans is not using them for public and emergency communication) could generate new revenue of $200 million or more annually for road maintenance and repair.
SB 1248 (Moorlach) – CEQA Litigation Disclosure: Discloses anyone who files or pays for any CEQA lawsuits as is done in most other litigation processes and political disclosures.
SB 1320/SB X1 12 (Runner) – Reforming the California Transportation Commission: Brings more transparency to the process by making the California Transportation Commission (CTC) an independent oversight entity that provides accountability and guidance to the Department of Transportation (Caltrans). Gives the CTC authority to approve individual repair and maintenance projects, to ensure that Caltrans is dedicating state resources to priority projects and achieving its efficiency goals.
SB 1415 (Bates) – CEQA Exemption during Governor Declared Droughts: Provides a statutory exemption from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for drought-oriented projects that have the purpose of mitigating drought conditions when the Governor declares a state of emergency.
SCA X1 1 (Huff) –Transportation Money for Transportation Projects: Guarantees that the billions paid annually in transportation taxes by California drivers are only used for transportation purposes, and commits any future transportation taxes and fees, along with the $1 billion collected in weight fees, to transportation projects.
SB X1 2 (Huff) – Investing in Transportation Infrastructure: Guarantees that the $1.9 billion in cap and trade taxes generated from the sale of gasoline is dedicated to improving California’s streets and roads.
SB X1 10 (Bates/Nguyen) – Enhancing Local Control: Increases local control by converting the state Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) into a grant program, giving local agencies increased flexibility to prioritize projects, and streamlines project approval to ensure that high-priority projects are completed as quickly as possible.
SB X1 11 (Berryhill) – Reforming the Environmental Permitting Process for Transportation Projects: Exempts vital road repair and maintenance on existing transportation infrastructure from the needless delays associated with CEQA review, while still ensuring environmental protection.
SB X1 13 (Vidak) – Inspector General for Transportation: Creates a Transportation Inspector General to examine Caltrans and the High-Speed Rail Authority for inefficiencies and opportunities to improve best practices in project resource allocations. The Transportation Inspector General would be responsible for examining and reporting back to the Legislature any instances of waste, fraud and abuse, giving the Legislature the information it needs to hold Caltrans accountable and ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent appropriately.
SB X1 14 (Cannella) – Public-Private Partnerships for Transportation: Gives state and local planners access to another means of funding for vital transportation infrastructure projects by removing the sunset date on 2009 legislation that allowed regional transportation agencies and Caltrans to enter into Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs).