Faced with a half-trillion dollars in Southern California transportation needs through 2035, officials Thursday called for higher gas taxes or a shift to a fee drivers would pay based on how far they drive.
“Without investment, our plans are just empty promises on paper,” said Simi Valley Councilman Glen Becerra, incoming president of the Southern California Association of Governments.
The agency’s regional transportation plan, approved Wednesday, outlines road, rail, transit, cycling and pedestrian spending in Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura and Imperial counties until 2035. Updated every four years, the plan is required if the region is to qualify for federal transportation money. It will be submitted to Washington officials later this summer with a detailed description of how local officials will pay for the projects.