Jul 22 2019

CalSTA Secretary David Kim Talks Earthquake Preparedness, SB1

On July 18, the OCMoves and Infrastructure Committees held a joint meeting welcoming David Kim, Secretary of the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA).

Secretary Kim is newly appointed after a successful career in government relations, working for each level of government and for the private sector. The Secretary informed the Committees of his eagerness to address challenges and explore opportunities facing California’s massive transportation system.

Secretary Kim discussed the impact of SB 1, the transportation system’s preparedness for earthquakes and wildfires, the future of autonomous vehicles, and alternative modes of transportation. The housing crisis was also mentioned as intrinsically tied to solving transportation issues, as the lack of affordable housing creates congestion and damages roads statewide.

The Secretary listened to Orange County transportation leaders as they outlined regional concerns and opportunities in an engaging roundtable discussion.

While SB 1 has been monumental for assisting projects, the Secretary acknowledged that ever-growing demand on existing infrastructure requires continued fixes and improvements.

Many repair projects are currently underway throughout the state. Secretary Kim praised Caltrans for quickly repairing roads damaged by recent earthquakes and is looking at their practices as a potential model for future disaster response.

Secretary Kim acknowledged that the presence of autonomous vehicles on public roads will continue to increase. He assured the Committee that CalSTA is working on policies to ensure safety and prevent fatalities without stifling innovation.

Secretary Kim also expressed support for alternative modes of transportation, including e-scooters, bike sharing and ride sharing, each of which are growing in popularity.

For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, OCBC Sr. Vice President of Government Affairs.  

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