California Agency Awards $390 Million in Transit Grants


The California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) recently announced 14 public transit projects would receive grants through the state’s Transit and Intercity Capital Program, which this year will distribute more than $390 million in proceeds from the state’s greenhouse gas emission “cap-and-trade” auction.

These Southern California agencies will benefit from the following awards:

  • Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) received $109 million for its subway system; $40 million for the Airport Metro Connector 96th Street Station/Metro Green Line Extension to LAX, and $69.2 million for Red Line and Purple Line core capacity improvements.
  • The LOSSAN (Los Angeles–San Diego–San Luis Obispo) Rail Corridor Agency received $82 million to invest in track improvements and the lease of 31 new rail cars for faster and more frequent service.
  • The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) was awarded $28 million for the OC Streetcar project and for system-wide mobile ticketing.
  • The San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) received $9.2 million for the Redlands Passenger Rail Project.

Statewide, the 14 selected projects are valued at more than $3.8 billion and are expected to reduce more than 4.1 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions statewide.

“This investment of Cap and Trade dollars is really about transforming this state’s transportation system to create jobs, reduce harmful emissions, and expand mobility options so Californians can get around as efficiently and conveniently as possible,” said CalSTA Secretary Brian Kelly.

Elsewhere in the state, funding was distributed to these rail projects:

  • San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, $45 million, to purchase 10 expansion light-rail vehicles;
  • Sacramento Regional Transit District, $30 million, to construct a new streetcar line linking Sacramento and West Sacramento providing new zero-emission service;
  • Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Authority, $20 million, for the Caltrain electrification project;
  • Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, $20 million, for the BART Silicon Valley Phase II extension;
  • San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission, $16.45 million, to lengthen platforms and purchase a locomotive for the ACE near-term capacity improvement program;
  • Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority, nearly $9 million for increased rail service to Roseville, service optimization and standby power investments

Looking ahead, CalSTA will adopt a five-year program to fund larger projects by July 2018. With that, the state anticipates being a “long-term funding partner” for several major passenger-rail projects, including expansion of the intercity rail network to new markets, such as the Coachella Valley and the Central Coast.

Source: Progressive Railroading