Kehoe’s transit first bill passes committee
Sen. Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) announced recently that her legislation requiring earlier transit options in the state’s coastal zones when major highway improvements are proposed, passed the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee by a vote of 5-3. The measure will next be considered by the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee on May 3, 2011.
“Californians deserve a viable transit option before expanding our freeways in the endless struggle to accommodate more vehicles,” said Kehoe. “This legislation is about a multimodal approach to transit projects — not freeways first and not freeways only.”
Under SB 468, impacts to local streets that carry increased traffic from expanded freeways would have to be analyzed and mitigated. The legislation would apply statewide in the coastal zone and locally would affect the proposed 27-mile Interstate 5 expansion project from La Jolla to Oceanside, which involves four scenarios costing as much as $4.4 billion with construction phased over forty years.
The bill emphasizes the importance of protecting the unique natural resources and wetland lagoons in the coastal zone when major transportation construction is proposed.
— Submitted by Kehoe’s office
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