The California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) in the US has allocated more than $2.6bn in grants to the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) for multiple transformative transit and rail projects.
The transportation agency also agreed to provide additional funds for seven projects through multi-year funding agreements to bring the total grant to nearly $4.3bn.
The TIRCP funding was awarded through Senate Bill 1 (SB1), and backed by the proceeds of the Cap and Trade programme. The money will be allocated to 28 projects with a total cost of more than $18bn.
The programme is expected to help strengthen the transit system in California, meeting the state’s climate goals and eliminate a total of 32 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.
CalSTA secretary Brian Annis said: “The projects selected for this round of Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program grants make great strides in helping California transform the state transportation system.
“This investment of SB1 revenue and Cap and Trade dollars will help us reduce harmful emissions, expand mobility options and create jobs statewide.”
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The funding will be used to carry out key improvements in Los Angeles and the Southern California region. Six major LA Metro expansion projects will receive funding from CalSTA, including light rail extensions to Torrance and Montclair.
It will also support the provision of an additional rapid transit service along congested corridors.
Track improvement works at Los Angeles Union Station, as well as upgrade works to improve the frequency and reliability of Pacific Surfliner and Metrolink services, will be carried out with the funding.
Furthermore, the funding will support the creation of an integrated ACE and San Joaquin rail system, improving service frequency in the Central Valley. New service connections will also be introduced to Ceres and Sacramento.
Projects such as developing the San Jose Diridon station into a Bay Area Regional hub, supporting Caltrain electrification, introducing new rail services to Salinas and Montereys, as well as improving the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and SF Muni service will be funded.