Gloria Advances First-of-its-Kind Legislation to Boost Local Transportation Infrastructure Investment

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

State Assembly Passes Gloria Bill Allowing Transportation Agencies to Propose Subregional Funding Measures

SACRAMENTO, CA – Local transportation agencies are one step closer to having a new tool to improve local transportation infrastructure. Today, the State Assembly passed innovative legislation by California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) that would allow local transportation authorities to propose funding measures subregionally, thereby empowering residents who directly benefit from proposed transportation infrastructure improvements to decide if they wish to fund them. AB 1413, known as the Subregional Tax Act for Reliable Transportation (or START), now heads to the State Senate.

This bill has the ability to transform how we invest in local transportation infrastructure and start making real progress on transportation improvements in California,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “Under AB 1413, local jurisdictions can focus on building specific projects in specific communities and allow the residents who directly benefit to decide if those efforts are worthy of support. This bill is about progress over gridlock, and I am excited it is moving forward.”

Under current law, local transportation agencies can only propose funding measures regionally – meaning to the entire jurisdiction the agency serves. As local communities plan to improve transportation infrastructure, progress is often hindered as the needs of one neighborhood or city differ from the needs of a neighboring community. In 2016 and 2018, several transportation measures appeared on ballots across the state. In 2016, six passed and eight failed. In 2018, three passed and two failed. In those that failed, there was evidence of corridors of constituencies that supported the measure.

AB 1413 would mean local transportation authorities could advance improvement projects by subregion – meaning, to a portion of the jurisdiction they serve. This would enable communities who wish to see transportation infrastructure improvements to receive them. AB 1413 does not alter voting requirements. Any proposal advanced under AB 1413 would still require two-thirds voter approval.

AB 1413 is supported by AFSCME California, the California Association of Councils of Governments, the cities of Lincoln and Roseville, the County of Placer, the County of Yolo, Environmental Health Coalition, San Diego 350, multiple local labor unions, and several local chambers of commerce from across California.

AB 1413 will be referred to Senate committees in the coming weeks for consideration. The full text of the bill can be found here.