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Solano Transportation Outlook. Executive Director , Steve Heminger Metropolitan Transportation Commission Solano Economic Outlook Conference January 9, 2003. Population Growth. Intra-County Commuting. Workers By Means of Transportation to Work. 2000 Census. Household Vehicles.

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Solano transportation outlook

Solano Transportation Outlook

Executive Director, Steve Heminger

Metropolitan Transportation Commission

Solano Economic Outlook Conference

January 9, 2003






Average travel time to work
Average Travel Time to Work

Percent change: 1980–2000



Average daily traffic on bay area toll bridges
Average Daily Traffic on Bay Area Toll Bridges

(Toll direction only), 1999–2001



Carquinez bridge replacement
Carquinez Bridge Replacement Period

  • Project Description:

    • New suspension bridge with HOV and bike lanes to replace seismically deficient 1927 bridge for westbound traffic.

  • Current budget: $480 million

  • Open to traffic date:October 2003

  • Status/issues:

    • Foundation and towers are complete

    • Cable work nearly complete

    • Deck construction begins February 2003


New benicia martinez bridge
New Benicia-Martinez Bridge Period

  • Project Description:

    • New viaduct bridge with bike lane to add capacity for I-680 across Carquinez Stait.

  • Current budget: $653 million(subject to change)

  • Open to traffic: December 2004(subject to delays)

  • Status/issues:

    • Work completed on two of nine deep water piers

    • Additional deep water foundation work suspended November 2002 due to fish impacts from pile driving

    • Construction proceeds on new toll plaza and adjacent interchanges.



County sales taxes 2002
County Sales Taxes – 2002 Period

Since 1986, only 5 out of 37 county sales tax measures for transportation have attained 2/3 voter approval threshold.


State budget crisis
State Budget Crisis Period

  • $35 billion state deficit

  • Governor proposes to suspend Prop. 42 and cut at least $1.8 billion in transportation spending

  • Dozens of Bay Area projects at risk, including I-80/I-680 and SR 12 Jameson Canyon projects


Funding opportunities
Funding Opportunities Period

  • TEA 3 reauthorization

  • State or regional gas tax

  • $3 Bridge toll

  • Restore majority vote for local taxes



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