April 2017: 6 Key California Transportation Figures

1.  CA's gas taxes are the 7th highest in the nation.

According to the American Petroleum Institute, California's 56-cent-per-gallon gas taxes are the 7th highest in the nation. This does not include the recent addition of extra cap-and-trade taxes resulting from bringing fossil fuels under California's AB 32 law.

2.  CA's gas prices are the nation’s 2nd highest.

According to AAA, the current national average price for a gallon of ‘regular’ gasoline is $2.33. California’s current average price is $2.97 per gallon (as of 4/4/17), behind only Hawaii.

3.  CA's gas tax & transportation fees yield $10.2 billion annually.

According to the State of California, Department of Transportation, Division of Budgets, 2014/2015 Fiscal Year estimates, the State brings in at least $10.6 billion in taxes and fees “dedicated to transportation purposes.” 

4.  Caltrans spends just 20% of that revenue on state road repair & new construction.  

In 2015, Caltrans spent $1.2 billion in state road maintenance & repair, and $850 million in new construction.  Similar amounts are planned for the 2015/2016 CA State budget.

5.  Caltrans wastes half a billion $$ annually on extra staffing.

The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) report on the review of the Caltrans’ Capital Outlay Support Program found that the agency is overstaffed by 3,500 positions at a cost of $500 million per year.

6.  CA's roads rank near the bottom in every category, including:

  • 42nd in overall performance and cost-effectiveness
  • 45th in rural interstate pavement condition
  • 48th in urban interstate pavement condition
  • 48th in urban interstate congestion

7.  Poor road conditions cost Californians $21 billion yearly in vehicle repairs.

50% of CA’s major roads are rated to be in “poor” condition. Driving on roads in need of repair costs California motorists $21 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $844 per motorist.