Our economy depends on a safe, reliable system of roads, highways and transit to move people where they need to go and products to market. Continuing to put off road maintenance will be expensive and unsafe for all Californians. After decades of neglect, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 will invest billions in highway and local street repairs, fix crumbling bridges, and expand trade and commuter corridors. Through this recently passed transportation funding package, together with Measure L funds, our communities will benefit from much- needed upgrading of our local roadways and transit systems.
Through the leadership of Sen. Anthony Cannella and Assemblymember Adam Gray, the city of Ceres and a large part of the Central Valley will have an additional benefit. The Altamont Commuter Express, providing relief to those who want to avoid increasing traffic on the interstate 205/580 corridor, will be extended from Manteca to Merced, with a stop in Ceres. We couldn’t ask for more dedicated and forward-thinking legislators.
The Central Valley suffers from some of the highest unemployment in the state, but also provides relatively affordable housing for those who commute to the Bay Area. This $400 million project will not only relieve some of the pressure on our roadways, but will bring jobs and economic activity to the region.
Chris T. Vierra, Mayor, City of Ceres