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Sacramento- Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh (R-Yucaipa), Chair of the Inland Empire Caucus, and other caucus members, sent a letter to Governor Newsom and legislative leaders requesting $2.245 billion in budget funds for transportation infrastructure projects to help residents and businesses thrive in the Inland Empire.
“The Inland Empire has been one of the fastest-growing regions in California. To meet the needs of this growth, dedicated funding for transportation infrastructure is vital,” said Senator Ochoa Bogh. “With a budget surplus of $31 billion, the state has the opportunity to support transportation projects that will greatly benefit our region by reducing traffic congestion, streamlining goods and freight movement, and improving the lives of our residents. I would like to commend my 16 colleagues for their collaborative bipartisan and bicameral effort.”
“The Inland Empire is a major part of California’s economy. Clean, modern and reliable transportation infrastructure is essential for our region to continue to ‘deliver the goods’ for our local communities and the state,” said Assemblymember James C. Ramos (D-Highland), Vice Chair of the Inland Empire Caucus. “I urge that this budget request be approved.”
“The Riverside County Transportation Commission welcomes the partnership with the Inland Empire Caucus to bring much-needed state investment for transportation projects that will connect our communities safely, reduce traffic congestion, support climate resiliency, and promote equity and economic prosperity in our region,” said Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) Chair V. Manuel Perez, Riverside County Supervisor for the Fourth District.
“We are thrilled to have the support of the Inland Empire Caucus for critically important transportation projects in our region. Riverside and San Bernardino Counties continue to grow at a rapid rate and share a similar challenge of addressing the needs of commuters moving into the region for more affordable housing and the ever-increasing goods movement industry,” said Curt Hagman, President of the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA). “If funded, the projects will greatly assist our efforts to reduce congestion, improve air quality, and enhance the overall quality of life for our communities. Our thanks to Caucus Chair Senator Ochoa Bogh and the entire caucus for their support.”
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