Friday, March 08, 2013

California Transportation Commission doles out $100 million to state rail projects

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The California Transportation Commission allocated $333 million in new funds to 91 projects that it says will improve the state's transportation system and strengthen California's economic recovery.

Of the $333 million, approximately $100 million will go to 10 rail-related projects from grade separations to light-rail projects to the implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC).

"Investing in our transportation infrastructure creates a better future for all Californians," said California Department of Transportation Director Malcolm Dougherty.

The 10 rail-related projects include:

• San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG); $7.17 million for the Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority (ACE) grade separation of Glen Helen Parkway and railroad lines of Union Pacific and BNSF. SANBAG was also allocated $4.56 million for another ACE grade separation of Palm Avenue and UP/BNSF lines near the city of San Bernardino.

• Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA); $10.51 million for Phase 2 of the Alameda Corridor Terminus/West Basin Railyard – Berth 200 Rail Yard Track Connection. LACMTA was also allocated $28.25 million for Phase 2 of the Exposition Light Rail Extension, which will construct 6.6-miles of line between Culver City and Santa Monica.

• San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG); $30.05 million for Phase 1 of the San Onofre to Pulgas double track project, which is along the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo rail corridor. SANDAG and the North Transit District were also allocated an additional $7.33 million to implement PTC between San Onofre to Sand Diego.

• Sacramento Area Council of Governments; $5 million for the Grant Line Road grade separation project.

• Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC); $4.23 million for the Marina Bay Parkway grade separation project.

• Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, MTC; $233,000 for signal system rehabilitation along the Caltrain right-of-way.

• Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority, MTC; $3.35 million for Phase 2 of a double track project between Oakland and San Jose.

The allocations include $233 million from Proposition 1B, a transportation bond approved by voters in 2006. In total, nearly $15 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been distributed statewide.

The remaining allocation of $100 million came from assorted transportation accounts funded by state and federal dollars.

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