Transportation Funding Plan




Obernolte Co-author of the Traffic Relief and Road Improvement Act introduced 2 Bills… Wednesday February 15, 2017 to the State Assembly, Sacramento California. 

Assemblyman Jay Obernolte 33rd District (R-Hesperia) co-authored the Traffic Relief and Road Improvement Act (TRRIP), a plan by Assembly Republicans that would restore funding for the California’s transportation infrastructure without raising taxes.    

“Our crumbling roads are one of the most urgent infrastructure needs facing our state. We can no longer wait – we must make transportation funding a priority this year,” Assemblyman Obernolte said. “Californians already pay the highest gas taxes in the nation and this plan provides a comprehensive solution without hurting our middle-class families.”    

Traffic Relief and Road Improvement Act provides an additional $5.6 billion in transportation infrastructure funding each year by dedicating all vehicle sales and insurance taxes (many of which are currently diverted to the General Fund) to transportation projects.

TRRIP would generate another $2.2 billion by immediately repaying money that was raided from transportation funds during the recession. This funding package supports repairs to local roads, capacity improvements, highway maintenance, and public transit projects.

TRRIP devotes 30 percent of its funds towards traffic relief projects.

The Democratic proposal introduced this year includes billions of dollars in proposed tax and fee increases, but provides no new money for relieving gridlock.   

TRRIP also includes reforms to ensure taxpayer money is being spent effectively. It removes regulatory red tape that unnecessarily slows down street repairs, improves accountability by establishing a Transportation Inspector General, and provides audits of major transportation projects to ensure that the additional funding is being spent efficiently and appropriately. 




Traffic Relief and Road Improvement Act 

provides $7.8 billion in transportation funding 

and is based on three key principles:

(1) Transportation funds should be dedicated only to transportation uses.

(2) Taxpayers should not be asked to pay new taxes or fee increases.

(3) The government has a responsibility to provide greater accountability and efficiency.