Supporting Sustainable Transportation: Redefining State Practices for Allocating Transportation Funding in California

Status: In Progress

Transportation funding allocation in California is infamously complicated, reflecting the accretion of myriad incremental funding decisions and following outdated transportation priorities.  At the same time, the state is testing mileage-based user fees as a potential replacement for the state motor fuel tax, and its recently introduced Cap-and-Trade system continues to yield growing revenues, a portion of which are dedicated to transportation.  The introduction of new means for generating transportation revenue creates a rare opportunity for the state to revisit its outdated practices for allocating federal and state transportation resources.  This white paper while will examine how to redefine state policy and practices for distributing the federal and state funds to better reflect California’s 21st century transportation policy commitments to greenhouse gas reduction and sustainability.

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