California Department of Transportation
Date: October 8, 2013
Contact: Trisha Coder
Phone: (530) 229-0511
$359 MILLION IN NEW FUNDING WILL UPGRADE STATE’S TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM AND PAVE WAY FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH
Bay Area gets $140 million from high-speed rail bond
Redding – 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:
Modoc County - $143,000 was allocated for the installation of a closed circuit television (CCTV) and Roadside Weather Information System (RWIS) approximately ½ mile south of the Perez Inspection station. The RWIS is a weather monitoring station that uses environmental sensors to measure atmospheric and pavement conditions. This information is used by highway maintenance and operations to make real time traffic safety decisions based on changing weather conditions. This information is also available to the public for pre-trip planning.
For information about all projects that received allocations today please see the attached file.
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