The California Transportation Commission (CTC) has adopted 27 projects, valued at nearly $154 million, that it says will support needed upkeep on California's aging roads and bridges, alleviate traffic delays and encourage use of alternative forms of transportation, including biking, walking and transit. CTC has allocated more than $96 million for rail projects alone.
Rail-related projects that received funding allocations include:
• $53,366,000 to the Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority for the Fullerton Road Grade Separation Project, which will lower Fullerton Road under the existing Union Pacific tracks in the city of Industry and unincorporated area of Los Angeles County, between Rowland Street and State Route 60. Plans call for constructing a six-lane roadway underpass on Fullerton Road with retaining walls and a new railroad bridge. Gate Avenue and Railroad Street will be lowered at their intersections with Fullerton Road. The project is in the final engineering and design stage; right-of-way is being acquired and the project cost is estimated at $145.2 million.
• $41,181,000 to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to purchase eight zero emission light-rail vehicles for fleet expansion.
• $1,675,000 to the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo Rail Corridor Agency for a one year demonstration program that will allow Pacific Surfliner intercity rail passengers to transfer to 12 connecting local transit service providers at 27 stations along the Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo Rail Corridor.
Additionally, the CTC added a $1-million possible allocation for a future allotment, which would be awarded to Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority for a systemwide annualized maintenance on the rail lines between Auburn to San Jose served by the Capitol Corridor intercity passenger rail services.
“Caltrans is making sure every dollar counts when it comes to building California’s transportation infrastructure,” said Caltrans [California Department of Transportation] Director Malcolm Dougherty. “All these investments will benefit Californians now and for decades to come.”