Assembly – Phil Ting

Money to Fix Our Streets

by Assemblymember Phil Ting


Anyone driving on 19th Avenue or Park Presidio Boulevard knows that our city’s roads

are in desperate need of repair. From major arterials to our residential streets, you can’t

drive anywhere in San Francisco without rattling your fillings.


On average, California’s drivers spend $762 a year on repairs for damage caused by road

conditions. This isn’t just a San Francisco or Bay Area issue. California ranks 48th in the

nation for the condition of our highways, and more than half of our state’s bridges need

repairs or replacement.


In total, it’s estimated that our state’s roads and bridges have $130 billion in deferred

maintenance needs.


While I’m glad that more fuel-efficient cars are on the road, gas tax revenue has

decreased since the last increase in 1994.


This past April, the California legislature passed Senate Bill (SB) 1 on a bipartisan vote.

The legislation will raise more than $50 billion over 10 years through gas and diesel

taxes as well as vehicle license fees assessed based on the value of the vehicle.


Since 1994, the number of clean vehicles burning no gasoline or diesel fuel has

increased, so SB-1 assesses these vehicles an annual fee so they pay their fair share.

Funds raised by SB-1 will be split 50-50 between state highway and bridge repairs and

local projects to resurface streets and improve public transit, as well as pedestrian and

biking infrastructure.


Projects funded by SB-1 will generate approximately 90,000 jobs a year while only

costing the average Californian less than 50 cents a day.


The west side will reap significant benefits from these new funds as San Francisco will

receive more than $23 million per year just for road resurfacing.


Additionally, funds for public transit and bicycling infrastructure and pedestrian safety

projects will increase total city funds from SB-1 to more than $60 million per year. Muni

will soon begin work to repair light rail lines, such as the N-Judah and L-Taraval, and

BART plans to use SB-1 funds to purchase new train cars, repair escalators and hire

more police officers and station cleaners.


Two major repaving projects will be on 19th Avenue and Park Presidio Boulevard,

otherwise known as State Route 1. After the city’s Department of Public Works finishes

work upgrading utilities and signals, Caltrans will pave the roads all the way from

the Presidio to the San Mateo County line. The project is scheduled to start next year and

be completed by 2021 or 2022.


Additionally, Lombard Street will be repaved from Van Ness Avenue to Richardson

Avenue starting next year, and Sunset Boulevard is a candidate for repaving in

2021 or 2022.


I understand that any increase in taxes or fees puts additional strain on those struggling

with the high cost of living in San Francisco, but without the revenues generated by SB-1,

our crumbling roads will only become worse. With more than $60 million a year of

additional revenue for San Francisco alone, we can finally start fixing those potholes

and repairing our transit infrastructure.


Phil Ting represents the 19th Assembly District at the California Assembly

2 replies »

  1. Well, it’s about time! The roads are God awful and there’s been too much of mismanagement to get our hard earned taxes that we already pay to get these damn roads repaired. We shouldn’t be paying anymore taxes for road repairs, that money should be going to repair our tires and suspension from all the damn pot holes!! The city and state is not being accountable to all the tax payers that are paying out all the time.
    Repair the roads! And, please, remark the lanes so that when it’s dark and raining, those who are not familiar with our streets can see where they are going. Now there’s a thought! Can avoid accidents and injuries this way.
    So, please, just put our tax money to good use. We all pay enough already!
    And, thank you!


  2. Bipartisan vote? ONE republican voted for the gas tax so it’s a stretch to call this bipartisan.

    While I agree that our roads need repairs, California already has some of the highest taxes in the union. What is needed is more accountability for the funds already received and spent, not more taxes. It is clear that you have no limits to how much you want to tax us. It’s time for the people of California to say ENOUGH of the taxes and let’s get transparency into the state’s wasteful spending.


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