California Transportation Commission Approves Funding Allocations for Transit, Highways

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The mood at California Transportation Commission (CTC) meetings is in stark contrast to what it was two years ago, when the commissioners were looking for ways to divvy up shrinking transportation funds and had to turn down many requests for funding. With the passage of the S.B. 1 gas tax, there is plenty of money presumed to be available in the next decade–presuming that the Prop 6 gas tax repeal fails in November, of course.

At its meeting this week, the CTC approved $1.8 billion in allocation requests for highway projects, including $3.5 million for Active Transportation Program projects, and $156 million for transit projects.

Among the transit projects was a $6.5 million allocation to Metrolink to begin work on the Southern California Optimized Rail Expansion (SCORE) Program, a $10 billion plan to improve rail service in the region. Among its planned improvements are safety enhancements like grade separations that will allow for more quiet zones where train horns won’t need to be blown. Also included is a Metrolink electrification study.

Screenshot from CTC agenda
Screenshot from CTC agenda for 8/15-16/2018

The funds come from the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP), which receives money from both the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund and Senate Bill 1 to fund “transformative capital improvements that will modernize the state’s transportation infrastructure.” According to a press release from Metrolink, this is the largest grant it has ever received.

Other allocations at the CTC meeting were for:

At the same meeting, the CTC allocated funds for numerous highway projects, including a road widening on a rural highway in Sacramento that will include bike lanes, and others.

  • artnouveau

    $159 million for active and public transportation is paltry and pathetic. Do the people who make up the commission not know California is America’s most air-polluted state and the disease burden (fallout) from this considerable? What are they thinking?! Significantly more funding for active and public transportation would contribute to lessening the pressure on roadways which translates to less money needed on road-transportation infrastructure. More miles are driven in California than any other state and some state’s combined driving totals – over 330 billion miles yearly which amounts to one-tenth of all driving in the U.S. Per-capita driving is on the increase too – an average 10,000 miles driven per person per year.

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