California State Transportation Agency awards more than $170 million for transit and intercity rail projects to Humboldt and SF Bay Area counties

From California State Transportation Agency, July 7, 2022

“The California State Transportation Agency today awarded nearly $800 million to 23 projects statewide to expand transit and intercity rail service and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“The fifth cycle of Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) grants kicks off a period of historic investment to improve and expand public transportation throughout California while positioning the state to strongly compete for significant new federal funding through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

“With a total budget of nearly $2 billion consisting of federal, state and local funding, the 23 projects will directly benefit disadvantaged communities and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 4.3 million metric tons – the equivalent of taking more than 930,000 gas-powered cars off the road. 

“Representative projects [in Northern California] include:

  • “More than $116 million for critical transit corridor improvements for San Francisco Muni rail and bus services.
  • “More than $60 million in transit-oriented development improvements at East Bay BART stations and in Humboldt County to increase transit ridership and prepare for construction of affordable housing at the transit hubs.
  • “New and expanded bus services between Humboldt and Mendocino counties, […] in the Bay Area’s Interstate 680 Corridor, and in Monterey County.
  • “New and expanded rail service from the Bay Area and Sacramento to Turlock on the Altamont Corridor Express […].

“This is the first TIRCP award cycle to incorporate the Climate Action Plan for Transportation Infrastructure (CAPTI) into its guidelines.”

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