California Department of Transportation
Headquarters – Sacramento
June 30, 2010
STIMULUS FUNDS NEW, GREENER BUSES FOR SAN FRANCISCO TO LOS ANGELES ROUTE
Sacramento – Using $1.4 million from President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), three brand new buses were put in service today by Greyhound Lines, Incorporated. The buses replace older buses that were less fuel efficient and environmentally friendly.
"My Administration is working hand-in-hand with President Obama's team to ensure stimulus dollars are pumped into California quickly and responsibly to stimulate the economy and invest in the future of California's transportation needs," said Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Each new bus can seat 51 passengers and is equipped with free WiFi and state-of-the-art, on-board communications technology allowing real-time tracking by Greyhound. The new buses provide transit service between San Francisco and Los Angeles along three north-south corridors: U.S. Route 101, Interstate 5 (I-5) via Livermore and Hollywood, and I-5 via Modesto and Fresno.
“These new buses underscore our commitment to expedite Recovery Act funding and provide safe, reliable, and efficient intercity transportation options throughout our state,” said Caltrans Director Cindy McKim.
The buses are the second in the state to be delivered with Recovery Act intercity rural transit funding. In October 2009, the Trinity County Department of Transportation received two new 21-passenger paratransit buses purchased with Recovery Act rural transit funding.
Last fall, Caltrans was awarded $34 million in transit grants from the Recovery Act to promote and enhance public transportation in rural areas. Caltrans is distributing the grants to 77 rural transit agencies for 137 projects throughout the state. For a comprehensive list of the Recovery Act rural transit grants, please visit: http://www.dot.ca.gov/Recovery/documents/RecoveryActRuralTransitProjectsOctober2009.pdf
Under Governor Schwarzenegger’s leadership, California has obligated nearly $1.2 billion in Recovery Act funding to transit projects statewide. For more information on the Recovery Act visit: http://recovery.ca.gov/