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California Department of Transportation
Headquarters - Public Affairs Office
January 17, 2007
CALTRANS DIRECTOR SAYS THE GOVERNOR'S STRATEGIC GROWTH PLAN PROVIDES SUBSTANTIAL DOWN PAYMENT ON MEETING CALIFORNIA'S LONG-TERM TRANSPORTATION NEEDS; HE TOUTS PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS
Sacramento – Caltrans Director Will Kempton told legislators today that the Strategic Growth Plan Governor Schwarzenegger successfully proposed last year is the first installment on a 10-year investment in California’s future. He added that aggressive leveraging of the $19.9 billion transportation bond proceeds with private sector, federal and local resources will “multiply the total funds that can be dedicated to improving and building transportation infrastructure.”
“As part of the Strategic Growth Plan, we articulated a vision of transportation in California that would reduce the level of congestion in 10 years to less than what it is today,” Kempton told members of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee. “To accomplish this significant objective, we estimated a $107 billion investment in transportation infrastructure would be necessary over the next 10 years.”
Kempton said that approval by voters of Propositions 1A and 1B in November “provides a substantial down payment on meeting California’s long-term transportation needs” and that AB 1467, enacted this past legislative session, provides additional opportunities for implementing high occupancy toll lanes (HOT lanes) and leveraging private sector investments in transportation infrastructure.
“We need to build on this existing authority, use an acceptable screening process to determine eligible corridors and projects, and more broadly engage public-private partnerships to attract private investment in California’s transportation future,” Kempton said.
A complete transcript of Kempton's remarks is on the Caltrans Web site at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/docs/P3LegislativeHearingTestimony.doc