Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011
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$401 Million In New Transportation Funding To Revitalize California's Economy And Purchase Passenger Rail Cars
SAN DIEGO – The California Transportation Commission (CTC) today allocated $401 million in new funding to 39 projects that will help strengthen the state’s economy by creating jobs and providing congestion relief for travelers statewide.
“The benefits these projects bring to California are a huge boon to the economy today,” said Acting Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty, “and the investment in our transportation system will continue to serve travelers for generations to come.”
Proposition 1B, the 2006 voter-approved transportation bond, will supply $327 million in funds to 10 projects, including $42 million toward the purchase of 42 new passenger rail cars. They will be put into service on all three state-supported Amtrak California routes – the Capitol Corridor, San Joaquin and Pacific Surfliner. This supplements $168 million from other sources, including $68 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
To date, the state has allocated more than $11 billion in Proposition 1B funds for transportation purposes statewide.
Highlights of the funding allocations include:
- $40 million for the Interstate 15 (I-15) Express Lanes Project to build a direct access ramp and park and ride at Mira Mesa Boulevard.
Please see the complete list for more information about all projects that received allocations today.
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