Murphys, CA– The California Transportation Commission held a town hall meeting at Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys today.
On hand were representatives from Calaveras, Tuolumne, Mariposa, Alpine and Amador counties discussing state and local transportation issues and projects. Darrin Grossi Tuolumne County Deputy Director of Transportation Services, talked about the importance of reducing transportation demands on our highway system with solutions such as ridesharing.
Some of the local projects discussed included the future completion of the East Sonora Bypass, a widening project on Business Route Highway 108, the North/South Connector Cabezut Extension Project, the J-59 Inter-Regional Goods Movement Project and the State Route 40 Widening Project.
Congressman John Garamendi and member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, also attended today’s meeting and said, “I’m here to speak about the critically important Surface Transportation Act which has yet to be enacted. It’s critically important for transportation across the nation, particularly in the rural areas. I’m also here to talk about my history having represented Calaveras, Tuolumne, and Amador counties for 16 years, the historic perspective and where we are going in the future. And I’m going talk to all of the folks here about Making it in America.”
Congressman Garamendi is the author of four “Make it in America” bills designed to bring back good manufacturing jobs to America, including one that ends federal subsidies for foreign-produced transportation equipment and vehicles. Garamendi’s transportation legislation, the Buses, Rail Cars, Ferryboats: Make it in America Act of 2010, would create American jobs by eliminating three waivers to the Buy America requirement and ensuring that taxpayer dollars are spent on American-made buses, rail cars, and ferryboats. Transit agencies would have to look to American manufacturers for their transportation equipment needs. This legislation would put welders, engineers, mechanics, electricians, technicians, and other Americans back to work.