California STA announces $2.6bn funding for transit and rail projects


The California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) has announced 28 recipients for more than $2.6bn in Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) grants for transformative transit and rail projects.

The agency is also providing additional funding for seven projects through multi-year funding agreements, bringing the total amount to more than $4.3bn.

TIRCP funding will be provided through Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) and from the proceeds of the Cap and Trade programme.

The multi-year funding programme will provide project financing for 28 projects, with a total cost of more than $18bn.

These projects are expected to provide significant benefits to Californians through expanded transit and rail offerings that are faster, more frequent, and more reliable.

Under pivotal improvements for Southern California region, investment focuses on key projects to prepare Los Angeles and the Southern California region for the 2028 Olympic Games.

Six major LA Metro expansion projects will receive funding, including light rail extensions to Torrance and Montclair and additional rapid transit service along congested corridors.

Additional funding will be provided for improving regional commuter and intercity rail to improve Pacific Surfliner and Metrolink services. This includes major investments for track improvements at Los Angeles Union Station.

To ensure better connections for the Bay Area, projects will establish the San Jose Diridon station as a Bay Area regional hub by completing the funding for BART to San Jose, creating new Samtrans express bus routes along the congested US-101 corridor, new rail service to Salinas and Monterey, and support for Caltrain electrification with funding for additional electric trainsets.

To improve service and reduce train crowding during peak service, TIRCP will invest in additional new rail vehicles for BART and SF Muni. Funding will be provided for SMART train extensions to connect with Larkspur ferry service and Windsor, in addition to financing zero-emission vehicles for SolanoExpress and AC Transit.

To transform the Central Valley, funding will be provided for the creation of an integrated ACE and San Joaquin rail system to increase service frequency in the Central Valley, while providing new service connections to Ceres and Sacramento.

Funding will also be provided for purchase of zero-emission buses for Fresno, light rail service improvements for Sacramento Regional Transit, and establish a new zero-emission intercity bus service connecting the North State to Sacramento.

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