Steven Pavlov

Steven Pavlov

SACRAMENTO — Under a $52 billion plan announced Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown and California legislative leaders to repair the state’s aging roads and bridges and improve public transportation, California drivers would face higher prices at the pump and new vehicle registration fees, SF Gate reports.

Saying the deal, which could be voted on by the legislature as soon as next week, isn’t perfect but long overdue, Gov. Brown insisted that California cannot keep ignoring its transportation infrastructure or continue borrowing money to fix it.

The $52 billion plan would raise $5.2 billion a year for 10 years by increasing the vehicle registration fee by $25 to $175 depending on the value of the vehicle, hiking gas and diesel taxes, and creating a fee on zero-emission vehicles.

The new spending would include $7.5 billion for local public transportation, $1 billion to improve walking and bicycling infrastructure, $2.5 billion to reduce congestion on major commute corridors, and $275 million for highway and intercity-transit improvements. For the full story, click here.