California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

Date: October 8, 2013
District:  Caltrans District 3
Contact:  Deanna Shoopman
Phone:     (530) 632-0080


Bay Area gets $140 million from high-speed rail bond

MARYSVILLE – The California Transportation Commission (CTC) today allocated $359 million to 36 projects, an investment that will create jobs bolstering the state’s economy, reduce traffic congestion, repair highways and bridges, and improve rail service.        

“These projects allow millions of dollars to flow into construction and produce enormous economic benefits for California,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) received $140 million from Proposition 1A, the high-speed rail bond, to purchase 46 new rail cars that will provide new service from the BART/Caltrain Millbrae Station directly to San Francisco International Airport.

The Millbrae facility is one of several key regional connectivity points California’s High-Speed Rail Authority has identified that will link BART and high-speed rail, creating a “blended” rail system. To handle additional transferring of passengers at Millbrae from the blended system longer trains will be needed. The $140 million will help pay to lengthen all three rail storage tracks at the south end of the station, enabling the facility to handle BART’s maximum train length of 10 cars and make it possible to run longer trains from the East Bay to the airport.

Today’s allocations also included $44 million from Proposition 1B, a 2006 voter-approved transportation bond. To date, nearly $17 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been put to work statewide for transportation purposes. The remaining $175 million in allocations today came from various state and federal transportation accounts

Other highlights of the CTC funding allocations include:

  • $1.75 million from Proposition 1A will provide improvements to the Sacramento Intermodal Facility High Speed Rail Program projects.  This project will provide connectivity of Sacramento Regional Transit Service to High Speed Rail including relocation of existing light rail track, storage tracks and passenger platform and associated systems.
  • $6.6 million to replace the Sly Park Road Undercrossing near the town of Pollock Pines in El Dorado County.  Construction is scheduled for spring of 2014.
  • $2.4 million in Placer County on State Route 89/28 Junction in Tahoe City  to install drainage system for roadway improvement safety.
  • 95,000 for Class I Bike Path Trail from Clay Street to Bedford Avenue in El Dorado County. This project will provide viable transportation alternative to cyclists, pedestrians, and equestrians by providing safe and direct route in the City of Placerville.

For information about all projects that received allocations today please see the attached file

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