California has a superb transportation system, but it is aging and faces a financial crisis which threatens its future capabilities for effective and efficient maintenance and development. Recent legislation has brought some relief, but it is not enough to even begin to alleviate the long-range funding dilemma. Even in the near term, California cannot simply buy a way out of its transportation problems. Instead, it is necessary, for the present, to improve the management of the system and discover new ways in which to adapt to the demands of maintaining, rehabilitating, and improving existing facilities.
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