Solano County seeks critical funding ...

Solano County seeks critical funding for regional transportation

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Anonymous

Vallejo, CA

#1 Feb 4, 2013
Solano County seeks critical funding for regional transportation
http://www.timesheraldonline.com/news/ci_2251...

In Solano County, just as it has about everywhere else, transportation has hit a bottleneck.

There is only enough local, state and federal funding projected over the next 25 years for seven regionally important projects, according to the Solano County Transportation Authority.

Dozens more projects identified by cities, requiring billions of dollars, may not be completed.

Increasing the amount of local funding, however, for key transportation projects could help leverage scarce regional, state and federal funds, according to the authority board of seven mayors and one county supervisor. In December, it requested that a portion of the county's public facility fee charged to developers be earmarked for transportation projects.

The Solano County Board of Supervisors is expected to consider the request in the coming months.

The proposal could generate $18 million for key transportation projects over the next 10 years, Solano Transportation Authority Director Daryl Halls said. The money would be packaged for different project areas, including Vallejo and Benicia, which would receive a combined $5 million. There would also be an estimated $900,000 for express bus transit centers and train stations countywide.

"This would not be enough money to build every project, but it would help," Benicia Mayor Elizabeth Patterson said. Patterson added that the money could pay for planning and engineering phases to get projects "shovel-ready."

Identified projects in Vallejo include improving access to the Solano County fairgrounds property from Highway 37 and Interstate 80. In Benicia, Columbus Parkway improvements are listed as a priority.

Both cities could receive money for transit centers or park-and-rides.

"Regional funding has become critical for these types of projects," Benicia Community Development Director Charlie Knox said. "It's the only certain source identified as available over the next few years."

Unlike neighboring Bay Area cities that have taxes and fees to pay for local transportation projects, Halls said Solano County's local funding mix is more limited. Solano County voters have rejected past sales tax measures; and while imposing higher fees on developers has been discussed, it is not being proposed at this time.

"It would be a chance to get ahead," Patterson said. "Now is the time to set our foot in the future."
gimmie gimmie gimmie

Los Altos, CA

#2 Feb 4, 2013
another liberal democrat plaything that can't pay for it self, just a rip-off used to fund unions and re-directed into democrat coffers

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