California Department of Transportation
Date: June 6, 2013
Contact: Steve Gonzalez
Phone: (209) 948-7977
CALTRANS AWARDS NEARLY $250 MILLION TO IMPROVEPUBLIC TRANSIT AND AIR QUALITY
STOCKTON – Caltrans has awarded nearly $250 million to improve public transit and air quality across California. One-hundred twenty-seven projects will upgrade transit service, purchase eco-friendly buses, modernize transit stations, and create jobs throughout the state.
“These projects give Californians a viable alternative to using their cars,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. "Public transit reduces traffic congestion and protects the environment by lowering greenhouse gas emissions.”
The funding comes from Proposition 1B, the 2006 voter-approved transportation bond, which is providing $3.6 billion over a 10-year period to improve public transit in California. To date, Proposition 1B has provided more than $2 billion in funding to nearly 900 transit projects statewide, with 340 completed.
Some of the notable projects awarded Proposition 1B funding include:
- City of Modesto: $4.1 million includes new flooring, paint, windows and seats for the 1998, 2001 and 2003 transit bus models. This will extend the life of the buses and provide a more enjoyable traveling experience for the public.
- Stanislaus County: $2.4 million to purchase 4 new “low floor” buses that make boarding and exiting more convenient for people with disabilities.
- Tuolumne County: $1.4 million to design and construct bus stop improvements within Tuolumne County Transit Service. These improvements include new signs, benches and bus shelters to keep the public dry due to the unpredictable weather conditions in this area.
For a comprehensive list of all projects that received Proposition 1B transit funding, please see the attached file.
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