STA Ranks Capital SouthEast Connector Number One Transportation Priority Project for State Funding
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Sacramento Transportation Authority Ranks Capital SouthEast Connector as Number One Transportation Priority Project for State Funding

Decision Sends Strong Message to California Transportation Commission: The Connector is Sacramento's Priority Transportation Project to Fund

Mather, Calif. January 23, 2018 – The Capital SouthEast Connector Joint Powers Authority today announced the recent action by the Sacramento Transportation Authority (STA) to rank the Capital SouthEast Connector (Connector) above all other regional transportation projects pursuing funding through the California Transportation Commission’s (CTC) Local Partnership Program (LPP), a new grant created by Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.
“The Sacramento Transportation Authority’s number one ranking of the Connector underscores the significance of this project and its overwhelming transportation and economic benefits to our region,” said Pat Hume, Elk Grove city council member, Connector Joint Powers Authority (JPA) and STA board member.
The purpose of the LPP is to provide local and regional transportation agencies that have passed sales tax measures, developer fees, or other imposed transportation fees with a continuous appropriation of $200 million annually to fund road maintenance and rehabilitation, sound walls, and other transportation improvement projects.
This ranking comes at a critical time for the project. The Connector JPA is seeking $20 million through the LPP program to leverage its construction funding dollar-for-dollar. A successful grant would begin $40 million in needed roadway improvements in Elk Grove, Folsom and Sacramento County. A grant award decision by the CTC is expected in May.
“We hope this ranking sends a strong message that there is overwhelming support and urgency by regional transportation leaders and project supporters to secure additional funding to complete the Connector,” continued Hume.
The Connector fills a critical gap by connecting rural parts of the surrounding six-county region to urban Sacramento by transforming 34 miles of two-lane rural roads to a state-of-the-art four-lane expressway that will provide instant regional congestion relief and a much-needed evacuation route for the southeastern part of Sacramento County. The Connector will also provide congestion relief to downtown Sacramento and provide parallel capacity to Highway 50.
Construction of the Connector is expected to create more than 5,400 new full-time jobs, and generate $310 million in new labor income, $831 million in new regional economic output and more than $23 million in new indirect business tax revenue.
The Connector is expected also to have a lasting economic impact on the region, leading to the creation of more than 25,000 total new direct and indirect jobs, and generating $2.5 billion in new economic output and $182 million in new indirect business tax revenue.
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