California Department of Transportation
Date: May 3, 2013
Contact: Dennis Keaton
CALTRANS AWARDS $301 MILLION TO IMPROVE PUBLIC TRANSIT AND AIR QUALITY
Marysville – Caltrans has awarded $301 million to improve public transit across California. Seventy-two projects will upgrade transit service, purchase eco-friendly buses, modernize transit stations, and create jobs throughout the state.
“These projects give Californians a viable alternative to using their cars,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. "Public transit reduces traffic congestion and protects the environment by lowering greenhouse gas emissions.”
The funding comes from Proposition 1B, the 2006 voter-approved transportation bond, which is providing $3.6 billion over a 10-year period to improve public transit in California. To date, Proposition 1B has provided more than $2 billion in funding to approximately 750 transit projects statewide, with 340 completed.
Some of the notable projects awarded Proposition 1B funding include:
- $15.2 million from Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) for the South Sacramento Light Rail stations, which will construct a parking garage for transit patrons.
- $9 million from Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) for operational costs to acquire additional track, signage and power equipment.
- $275,000 from El Dorado County Transit Authority to El Dorado County for a maintenance bus-lift system.
- $175,000 from El Dorado County Transit Authority to El Dorado County to upgrade and install video surveillance equipment.
The projects were chosen because they are already underway, and the new round of funding will ensure they stay on schedule.
For a comprehensive list of all projects that received Proposition 1B transit funding, please see the attached file.
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