August 24, 2015 (San Diego)--The California Transportation Commission (CTC), San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), and San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce are hosting a public forum on Tuesday in San Diego on road infrastructure and maintenance needs at the local, regional and state level. The forum from 4 to 6 p.m. will be held at the CALTRANS building’s Garcia auditorium at 4050 Taylor St., San Diego.
Representatives from the CTC, SANDAG, and the Chamber will discuss the reasons for California’s deteriorating transportation system, and potential short-term and long-term funding solutions to stabilize road repair and maintenance funding. Topics to be covered include:
• How does the current condition of the San Diego region’s transportation system affect economic growth and regional competitiveness?
• What are the near-term and long-term transportation needs in the San Diego region and in California?
• How can we stabilize and increase funding needed for repair and maintenance of highways, roads and local streets?
• How do we pay for ongoing operation and maintenance costs for our transportation network?
• What are some of the key transportation projects that are being planned in the San Diego region?
State investment in roadway maintenance and preservation has not kept pace with needs. Money collected through the state gas tax has declined each year since 2007, and has lost half of its purchasing power since the last increase in the early 1990’s. Roads meanwhile are continuing to age and vehicles are becoming more fuel efficient or don’t use gas at all. Because these trends will continue, the Legislature is considering a number of options to deal with this problem over the long term. The options under consideration for funding for road repair and maintenance purposes over the long term should be evaluated. The CTC is seeking community feedback to help determine the most viable approaches.
Participants will include:
Jim Madaffer, Commissioner, California Transportation Commission
Will Kempton, Executive Director, California Transportation Commission
Norma Ortega, Chief Financial Officer, California Department of Transportation
Gary Gallegos, Executive Director, San Diego Association of Governments
Jerry Sanders, President and Chief Executive Officer, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
Randa Coniglio, President and Chief Executive Officer, Unified Port of San Diego