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LAO 2003-04 Budget Analysis: Transportation Issue-By-Issue Analysis of the 2003-04 Budget Bill
Transportation Issue-By-Issue Contents

Overview

Expenditure Proposal and Trends

Spending by Major Program

Major Budget Changes

Crosscutting Issues

Funding for Transportation Programs

Funding for TCRP

TCRP Funds to Provide Substantial General Fund Relief

Funding TCRP: Issues and Options for Legislative Consideration

Funding for STIP

The SHA and STIP Face New Pressures

Budget Proposes Weight Fee Increase and Lower Expenditures

Motor Vehicle Account Condition

MVA Faces Deficit in Budget Year Without Corrective Actions

Budget Proposals May Not Go Far Enough In Addressing the Problem

Departmental Issues

Special Transportation Programs (2640)

State Transit Assistance

Review of Transit Operating Costs

AB 381 Reporting Requirement

Transportation Development Act

Farebox Ratios Have Declined; But Meeting Requirement Generally Not a Problem

Significant Cost Increases Worsen Farebox Ratio; Increases Will Likely Continue

Consistent Consideration of Operating Costs

Department of Transportation (2660)

Highway Transportation

Budget Proposes Decrease in Highway Program Expenditures

Capital Outlay Support Request Will Be Revised

State Operations Reduction Proposals Need Development

Caltrans Ignores State Policy; Has Not Addressed Problems On Information Technology Project

COS: Budgeting and Performance Measurement

Budgeting for COS: Inconsistent Process

Actual Project Support Expenditures Higher Than Budgeted

Evaluating COS Performance: Imperfect Information

Project Delivery

Caltrans Project Delivery Mixed

Extensive Project Rescheduling Decreases Value Of Adopted STIP and Annual Budget

Local Project Delivery Good, Largely Unchanged

Number of Completed STIP and SHOPP Environmental Documents Falls

Delays Continue in Bridge Seismic Retrofit Work

Mass Transportation

Heavy Maintenance of Rail Equipment Not Yet Justified

High-Speed Rail Authority (2665)

Consolidating HSRA Into Caltrans Will Not Be More Effective or Efficient

California Highway Patrol (2720)

Expenditures on Personal Services for CHP Continue to Soar

Plans to Shift Funds in Support of CHP Raise Concerns

Budget Proposes Public Safety Surcharge for Protective Services

Additional Revenues Need to Be Raised, or Expenditures Reduced, If Legislature Rejects Fund Shift Proposals