For over 25 years, Solano Transportation Authority (STA) has sought transportation funding to help our 7 cities deliver high-impact transportation projects. Our priorities are shaped by the goals of your community and input from the public. Over the past year we've conducted extensive outreach and we have heard four priorities from you. However, cuts in state funding and a lack of local resources has inhibited our ability to address these issues. As we plan for future investments, we want to continue to hear from you.
On November 23, 2015, the seven Mayors of Solano County and members of the STA Board requested the Solano County Board of Supervisors consider placing a local measure on the ballot before Solano County's voters. The measure would request voter consideration of passage of a short-term (five years), general countywide half cent sales tax to provide local funding for Solano County's seven cities and the County to address critically needed maintenance of local streets and roads, road safety, and mobility needs for seniors and people with disabilities. The funds would be distributed as follows:
1. Maintenance and Repair of Local Streets and Roads and Road Safety Projects (96%)
2. Mobility for Seniors and People with Disabilities (3%)
3. Oversight and Accountability (1%)
The Solano Transportation Authority recently gave a presentation to the Solano County Board of Supervisors at its January 26, 2016 meeting regarding the public's transportation priorities and the funding challenges we are facing.
On February 9th, 2016 the Solano County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to:
The Board of Supervisors also voted to include an advisory measure:
In 2015 STA conducted a public opinion poll and made 23 presentations to community groups throughout the county. In 2016, STA has made 5 presentations, held 3 telephone town hall meetings, mailed an informational brochure with mail-in survey, and conducted an online survey. Based on this polling and public input, we learned that the top 4 transportation priorities for Solano County residents are:
The Board of Equalization (BOE) decreased the Price-Based Gas Excise Tax from $0.18 per gallon in FY 2014/15, to $0.12/ per gallon in FY 2015/16, which resulted in a decrease of approximately $5M in revenue for Solano cities to maintain their local streets and roads (LS&R). For FY 2016/17, the BOE in February 2016, again reduced the Price-Based Gas Excise Tax to $0.098 per gallon, resulting in a further $1.2M reduction in revenue for LS&R for Solano County cities. Combined, these two cuts in gas tax result in a combined reduction of nearly $11M in LS&R revenue for Solano cities over the past 2 years. As stated in the 2014 Solano Pothole Report, Solano is already faced with a $24M annual shortfall to maintain roads in current condition. These further reductions in LS&R revenues to Solano cities will only make our pavement quality problem worse in the coming years.
Your feedback on our online survey helped us to prioritize future transpotation infrastructure investments. Thank you for sharing what improvements you would like to see. We appreciate your anonymous feedback, but will keep in touch with you if you chose to provide your contact info.View Informational Brochure on the Telephone Town Hall Meetings
As of May 31, 2016, STA received more than 2,100 comments. The chart to the right lists the percentage of respondents by jurisdiction, and the public input priorities. Click on the image for an enlarged version.
View the Presentation to the STA Board April 13, 2016 to view the full details of the update on public input.
Your street in your neighborhood is where every trip you make in Solano County begins and ends. Whether you are an automobile commuter, bicycle rider, or casual walker the quality of your roads directly impacts your quality of life and mobility. We want to continue to hear what you think about your local streets.
Solano County faces a major budget shortfall for maintaining our local streets. According to the 2014 Solano Pothole Report, Solano Countywide collectively spends $20.5 million every year on road maintenance, which is less than half what it takes to maintain "fair" roads. To maintain our streets in the "fair" category, $44 million needs to be invested every year. If nothing is done, we will go from cracked roads to potholes. For more information on the quality of roads in your neighborhood please click the link below.
State Gas Tax funding contributes about 79% of road maintenance funding for Solano cities. When the price of gas decreases, the amount of gas tax revenue decreases. The recent drop in gas prices resulted in a 25% decrease in road maintenance funding for this year. This decrease in funding seriously impacts a city's ability to properly maintain its roadways. Join us in the public participation process and help us find a solution!
Collisions on our local roads have been increasing since 2012. In 2014 alone, there were 2,091 collisions, 75 severe injuries, and 24 deaths on local roads in Solano County. STA, working with the seven cities and the county, has identified 76 local streets and/or locations throughout the county that are priorities for safety improvments.
Solano County's population of seniors and people with disabilties is rapidly growing. By 2040 it is estimated that 1 in 5 residents in Solano County will be a senior over 65 years of age. Seniors and people with disabilities have very specific transportation needs. Investments in transportation programs for seniors will provide much needed mobility options for this expanding population. Funding for the programs currently offered is limited and no funding is available to address future demand.
View the Seniors and People with Disabilities Presentation
Over the last year, STA has heard as part of the public input process that government trust and accountability are a priority issue. These are the top three comments we heard regarding these concerns:
More than 2,400 Solano residents called in to the 3 Telephone Town Hall Meetings to continue the conversation about our streets and roads and give input on funding priorities. Participating on the call were local elected officials representing all jurisdictions in Solano County.
South County Telephone Town Hall: Monday, February 8 at 6 pm
(Benicia and Vallejo)
Participating Guests: Solano County Supervisors Erin Hannigan and Jim Spering, Benicia Mayor Elizabeth Patterson, Vallejo Mayor Osby Davis, and STA Executive Director Daryl Halls
North County Telephone Town Hall: Tuesday February 9 at 6 pm
(Dixon, Fairfield, Rio Vista, Suisun City, Vacaville)
Participating Guests: Solano County Supervisors John Vasquez and Jim Spering, Fairfield Mayor Harry Price, Suisun City Mayor Pete Sanchez, Rio Vista Mayor Norman Richardson, and STA Executive Director Daryl Halls
North County Telephone Town Hall: Tuesday February 16 at 6 pm
(Dixon, Fairfield, Suisun City, Vacaville)
Participating Guests: Solano County Supervisor Jim Spering, Dixon Mayor Jack Batchelor, Vacaville Mayor Len Augustine, and STA Executive Director Daryl Halls