SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. – The California Transportation Commission awarded more than $300 million to 15 projects across the state with $15 million going toward improvements along the LOSSAN Rail Corridor.
On December 7th, the California Transportation Commission awarded more than $300 million to 15 projects across the state, according to Los Cerritos News. $15 million of that will go toward finding solutions to the “climate-related service suspensions along seven miles of the LOSSAN Rail Corridor between the cities of San Clemente and Dana Point.”
Commission Chair Lee Ann Eager said: “Communities across California are experiencing the impacts of climate change. . . The extreme storms, flooding, and devastating wildfires we see year after year have become the norm, and we must invest in our transportation infrastructure today to avoid costly repairs and preserve access and mobility options for Californians in the future.”
In total, the commission has invested $302.9 million toward projects “with a total cost of more than $1.1 billion in climate-vulnerable and disadvantaged communities.” These projects ensure transportation infrastructure will be more resilient to events caused by climate change including sea level rise, extreme weather events, and flooding among others.
Commission Vice Chair Carl Guardino echoed Eager’s sentiments and stated that the “initial investments we are making today represent a critical first step in ensuring California’s transportation system can withstand the impacts of climate change. . . We look forward to working with Governor Newsom and the Legislature to ensure sufficient funding is available to keep our entire transportation system functional and safe for future generations.”