Six counties in road-dependent
Southern California could lose $8 billion in federal highway funds if the
state cuts transportation funds to help balance the overall budget, The
Los Angeles Times reported recently.
The loss to Los Angeles,
Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura and Imperial counties could
amount to 75 percent of the area’s federal transport dollars, the
newspaper reported. In part, the loss could occur because many of the projects
that would be cut are designed to reduce congestion and pollution, both
of which are requirements of receiving much of the federal funding.
As a result of alarms
raised over the possible funding loss, area officials are lobbying the
state to continue to fund the projects.