A review of the nearly $20 billion transportation bond California
voters will consider on Election Day shows that nearly half of the funds won’t
go directly to relieve traffic congestion throughout the state.
The Associated Press review shows that nearly 40 percent of the money would not go for the much-ballyhooed
road and transit projects to ease congestion. Instead, billions would be
earmarked for projects that include new fencing around ports, school buses for Los Angeles, and security cameras and disaster-plan studies for San Francisco’s subway and
Billions also would be spent on acquiring land for rail crossings and
The AP’s examination found that money would be spread across so many potential projects
that some experts have cast doubt whether there will be enough funds for any
region to make a noticeable improvement in highway traffic.
Proposition 1B is part of the largest single bond ever placed before California voters. In addition to the $19.9 billion sought for transportation, voters will
be asked to consider $10.4 billion for education; $4.1 billion for flood
control; and $2.85 billion for housing, The