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    LB-Impacting Items Included In House Fed'l Transportation Bill

    (March 10, 2005) -- The House of Representatives has passed a $284 billion federal transportation bill. lists the bill's LB-impacting items below.

    Some are big ticket items, like designating the Alameda Corridor-East -- through the San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire to the Arizona state line -- as a "High Priority Corridor on the National Transportation System."

    Others we can't decipher ($2 million over three years described as follows: "Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, to build intermodal park and ride facility")

    Among the bill's "High Priority" LB projects: reconstructing the I-710 "southern terminus off ramps" ($1,000,000); a Study of the Vincent Thomas Bridge "to meet future cargo and passenger traffic needs of the ports" of LB and L.A. ($2,000,000); developing and implementing "traffic calming measures for traffic exiting the I-710" into LB ($1,000,000); and a LB "Intelligent Transportation System" that integrates a "functioning traffic management center that includes the port, transit, airport as well as the city's police and fire departments" ($2,000,000)

    If the Senate agrees and the President doesn't veto the bill, they'll be your tax dollars at work:

    [begin text]

    1st Session

    H. R. 3

    [Report No. 109-12]

    To authorize funds for Federal-aid highways, highway safety programs, and transit programs, and for other purposes.




    Subject to section 117 of title 23, United States Code, the amount listed for each high priority project in the following table shall be available (from amounts made available by section 1101(a)(17) of the Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users) for fiscal years 2005 through 2009 to carry out each such project:


    266: Reconstruct I-710 southern terminus off ramps, Long Beach $1,000,000

    297: Study of Thomas Bridge to meet future cargo and passenger traffic needs of the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles $2,000,000

    701: Develop and implement traffic calming measures for traffic exiting the I-710 into Long Beach $1,000,000

    1296: Long Beach Intelligent Transportation System: Integrate functioning traffic management center that includes the port, transit, airport as well as the city's police and fire departments, Long Beach $2,000,000

    1390: Reconstruct Paramount Bl. with medians and improve drainage from Artesia Bl. to Candlewood St. in Long Beach $600,000


    Of the amounts made available to carry out section 5309(m)(2)(B)(iii) of title 49, United States Code, for each of fiscal years 2006 through 2008, the Secretary shall make funds available for the following projects in not less than the amounts specified for the fiscal year:

    Projects FY 06 FY 07 FY 08

    276: Long Beach, CA Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, to build intermodal park and ride facility $640,000 $660,000 $700,000

    295. Long Beach, CA Purchase one larger (75. passengers) and two smaller (40 passengers) ferryboats and construct related dock work to facilitate the use and accessibility of the ferryboats $960,000 $990,000 $1,050,000

    297. Pilot Shuttle Train Project from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to the Inland Empire $1,600,000 $1,650,000 $1,750,000

    332. Long Beach, CA Park and Ride facility $320,000 $330,000 $350,000

    410. Long Beach, CA Purchase ten clean fuel busses $960,000 $990,000 $1,050,000


    Section 1105(c) of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (105 Stat. 2032) is amended--

    (2) by striking paragraph (34) and inserting the following:

    `(34) The Alameda Corridor-East and Southwest Passage, California. The Alameda Corridor-East is generally described as the corridor from East Los Angeles (terminus of Alameda Corridor) through Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties, to termini at Barstow in San Bernardino County and Coachella in Riverside County. The Southwest Passage shall follow I-10 from San Bernardino to the Arizona State line.';

    (3) by adding at the end the following:

    `(46) Interstate Route 710 between the terminus at Long Beach, California, to California State Route 60.


    (a) Findings- Congress finds the following:

    (1) Federal-aid highway programs provide State and local governments and other recipients substantial funds for projects that produce significant employment and job-training opportunities.

    (2) Every $1,000,000,000 in Federal infrastructure investment creates an estimated 47,500 jobs.

    (3) Jobs in transportation construction, including apprenticeship positions, typically pay more than twice the minimum wage, and include health and other benefits.

    (4) Transportation projects provide the impetus for job training and employment opportunities for low income individuals residing in the area in which a transportation project is planned.

    (5) Transportation projects can offer young people, particularly those who are economically disadvantaged, the opportunity to gain productive employment.

    (6) The Alameda Corridor, a $2,400,000,000 transportation project, is an example of a transportation project that included a local hiring provision resulting in a full 30 percent of the project jobs being filled by locally hired and trained men and women.

    (b) Sense of Congress- It is the sense of Congress that Federal transportation projects should facilitate and encourage the collaboration between interested persons, including State, Federal, and local governments, community colleges, apprentice programs, local high schools, and other community based organizations that have an interest in improving the job skills of low-income individuals, to help leverage scarce training and community resources and to help ensure local participation in the building of transportation projects.

    Further details via Reuters: House Approves $284 Billion Highway Bill

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