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California Department of Transportation
Date: February 10, 2012
District: District 6 - Fresno
Contact: Jose Camarena
Phone: (559) 488-4067
CALTRANS AWARDS $203 MILLION IN GRANTS TO IMPROVE PUBLIC TRANSIT AND AIR QUALITY
SACRAMENTO – Caltrans has awarded nearly $203 million in grants to improve public transit across California. More than 80 projects will upgrade transit service, purchase eco-friendly buses, modernize transit stations and create jobs throughout the state. The grants are funded through Proposition 1B, the 2006 voter-approved transportation bond, which is providing $3.6 billion over a ten-year period to improve public transit in California.
“These projects are a direct investment in our state's public transit system and will help energize California’s economy,” said Acting Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. "Not only will these projects help create jobs, they will also reduce traffic congestion, clean the air, and provide Californians an alternative to rising gas prices.”
Some of the notable allocations awarded Proposition 1B funding include:
- Allocations worth a total of $4.6 Million to the City and County of Fresno for the purchase of eight (8) Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) busses and additional equipment to benefit Fresno Area Express and Fresno County Rural Transit Agency.
- Allocations worth a total of $9.2 Million to various cities in Kern County for the purchase of CNG busses and other equipment upgrades at local Transit Stations.
- Allocations worth a total of $4.2 Million to Tulare County for the purchase of CNG bus and other Transit Facility upgrades.
To date, Proposition 1B has funded $1.34 billion in transit projects.
For a comprehensive list of all projects that received transit grants in this funding cycle, please visit: http://www.dot.ca.gov/docs/Prop1BTransitProjectsFebruary2012.pdf
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