Southern California could lose billions in transportation funds

| 4/23/2003

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.