SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Bay Area Council today cheered the approval of SB 1 (Beall), which will invest $52 billion over the next 10 years to fix state and local roads and highways, ease congestion and improve transit. The Council, as part of a statewide coalition of organizations that worked for passage of the bill, worked vigorously in the hours before the vote to win support of Bay Area legislators.
“This historic vote will help reverse decades of decline in California’s transportation system,” said Jim Wunderman, Bay Area Council President and CEO. “Fixing California’s broken roads and highways is long, long overdue. SB1 will make badly needed investments in our aging and failing transportation infrastructure, ease congestion on some of our most economically productive corridors, bolster local transit services and improve the quality of life for millions of Californians. We applaud the leadership of Governor Brown, our legislative leaders and our own Bay Area legislators for making this a priority and working so hard to reach an agreement. The road to California’s future success just got smoother.”
About the Bay Area Council
The Bay Area Council is a business-sponsored, public-policy advocacy organization for the nine-county Bay Area. The Council proactively advocates for a strong economy, a vital business environment, and a better quality of life for everyone who lives here. Founded in 1945, the Bay Area Council is widely respected by elected officials, policy makers and other civic leaders as the voice of Bay Area business. Today, approximately 275 of the largest employers in the region support the Bay Area Council and offer their CEO or top executive as a member. Our members employ more than 4.43 million workers and have revenues of $1.94 trillion, worldwide.