Gloria Legislation to Boost Local Transportation Infrastructure Investment Signed by Governor

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Governor Newsom Enacts Legislation 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. Last night, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed innovative and first-of-its-kind legislation authored by California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) that would allow local transportation authorities to propose funding measures on a subregional basis. This would empower residents who directly benefit from proposed transportation infrastructure improvements to decide if they wish to fund them.

This bill can transform how we invest in local transportation infrastructure, and how we make real progress on transportation improvements in California,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “Under AB 1413, these local jurisdictions can focus on building specific projects in specific communities and allow the residents who directly benefit to decide if those efforts are worthwhile. This bill is about progress over gridlock, and I am thrilled Governor Newsom has signed it into law.”

AB 1413 drew support from diverse regions across the state, including urban, rural, and suburban communities. The bill’s provisions apply to the San Diego Association of Governments, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, the North Country Transit District, the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency, and the Solano Transportation Improvement Agency.

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 now means 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. Any proposal advanced under AB 1413 would still require two-thirds voter approval in order to become effective.

The bill takes effect on January 1, 2020. The full text of the bill can be found here.