Riverside County, Calif., officials will consider a request for federal funding to help pay for the completion of environmental studies for a 144-mile rail project.
The project will connect the Coachella Valley to San Bernardino, Orange, and Los Angeles counties.
As much as $60 million would be needed to finish the studies for the Coachella Valley-San Gorgonio Pass Rail Corridor Project. The initial environmental impact report has been completed.
The project will include the construction of six rail stations, a third main line track and grade crossings along the eastern portion.
Riverside County Supervisors Karen Spiegel and Manual Perez are expected to make the funding request, and the hope is the project would qualify for Build Back Better grant funds that are part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s regional challenge awards system.
“The state of California and RCTC have a vested interest in fostering equitable investments in transportation infrastructure and transit mobility,” said Spiegel and Perez in the funding request letter, “and are committed to matching funds for this game-changing economic opportunity, with environmental benefit from Los Angeles to Coachella Valley and disadvantaged communities along the route.”