The 2010-11 Budget Act authorized $12.5 billion in expenditures and 20,955 personnel years (PY). This was a decrease of $467 million in expenditures and 618 PYs when compared to the enacted 2009-10 Budget.
Of the $12.5 billion authorized in expenditures, approximately $2.2 billion represented Proposition 1A and 1B appropriations. Proposition 1A, passed in 2008, provided funding for both high-speed and intercity rail service. Proposition 1B is the $19.9 billion transportation bond approved by voters in 2006. Also included was a decrease of $77.4 million and 642 personnel year equivalents to the Department’s Capital Outlay Support program for the delivery of capital outlay projects, and a reduction of $7.4 million and 63.7 PYs to the Planning program to remove funding for the development of project initiation documents.
Although the Department experienced significant cuts to the Capital Outlay and Planning programs, there were increases of up to $57.3 million in the Equipment program, $50 million in the Maintenance program, and $100.2 million in the Rail program from the Recovery ActPlease click the link to learn more about how Caltrans has used transportation funds to improve mobility throughout California in the sidebar story. Passed in 2009, the Recovery Act provided $2.6 billion for transportation in the state.
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The Governor’s Budget included $1.5 billion in loans and debt service payments which affected the SHA in fiscal year 2010. This included $227 million in GF loans from the SHA, $544 million in debt service from the Motor Vehicle Fuel Account (MVFA), and $736 million in GF loans from the MVFA.
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Federal Funds Management
Recovery Act Program
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) provided the nation with more than $46 billion for transportation programs, which encouraged economic growth, and infused a much needed infrastructure investment for the country. Programs receiving these funds include: Highways, Transit and Aviation. The Recovery Act also provided two competitive discretionary grant programs which include: the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grants for projects of national or regional significance and the High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail.
Caltrans and its transportation partners have used Recovery Act dollars on about a thousand projects to stimulate California’s economy.
Highways Program: Caltrans received federal approval to use approximately $2.6 billion in Highway Infrastructure Investment funds. Caltrans met the September 2010, deadline to put the funds to work on nearly 1,000 projects. As of July 2011, all but five projects have been awarded and more than $1.8 billion (65 percent of the funds) has been spent.
Transit Program: Caltrans received federal approval for approximately $36 million to fund local transit agencies in small urban areas. These funds are being used to purchase more than 130 transit vehicles, construct transit facilities, improve access for the disabled, and provide equipment to maintain and operate transit systems. The program has spent approximately $22 million (61 percent) of the funds.