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Meet the Woman From Fresno Trying to Fix California Traffic



Lee Ann Eager of Fresno chairs an agency that approves about $7 billion annually on roads and other transportation infrastructure. (GV Wire File)
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Lee Ann Eager of Fresno became chair of the California Transportation Commission on March 1 — making her the head of an agency that approves about $7 billion annually for roads, passenger rail, transit, bike lanes, and sidewalks.

Politico’s Debra Kahn posed several questions to Eager about transportation in the Golden State — including whether to suspend the gas tax — for a story published Wednesday.

“Suspending the gas tax right now, before we know what’s coming down the pike, I would be a little leery about doing that,” Eager answered.

Eager said that her big focus is on equity and safety throughout the state and not just in the big coastal cities. As president/CEO of the Fresno County Economic Development Corp., Eager is well aware of the challenges that San Joaquin Valley and Inland Empire communities face in obtaining equitable transportation funding.

Read the interview at this link.


Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email