The California Transportation Commission (CTC) allocated more than $47 million to state rail projects that the commission says will alleviate traffic delays, repair infrastructure and encourage non-car focused transportation.
The rail project funds are part of a larger CTC approval of funds, which allocated $328 million to 88 transportation projects in the state.
“This list of multi-modal and fix-it-first projects help us keep our commitment to Californians to maintain and improve the transportation system for economic and quality of life benefits,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.
The state legislature recently passed SB 1, which increases funding for transportation infrastructure projects and road repairs. CTC says that in the coming year, the public can expect to see increased awards and allocations for projects similar to those allocated funding this week.
The majority of the recent allocation went to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which received $45,092,000 for the procurement of 10 new zero emission light-rail vehicles for expanded service.
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) received $1.7 million to complete studies and fund related improvements for the I-580 Livermore corridor and extend the BART rail line by 5.5 miles.
The Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority received $320,000 to perform an optimization study for the Capitol Corridor, San Joaquin and Altamont Commuter Express passenger rail services. Service optimization analysis will include service equipment optimization, regional-state ridership model study refinements, mode of access studies focused on bicycle use and bicycle counts and thru ticketing best practices for statewide ticketing integration.