California Department of Transportation District 11 ­ San Diego & Imperial Counties

District 11

Monday, May 31, 2012

Contact: Public Information Officer Edward Cartagena

Phone: (619) 688-6670

Caltrans Awards $350 Million in Grants to Improve Public Transit and Air Quality

SAN DIEGO –Caltrans has awarded approximately $350 million in grants to improve public transit across California. An estimated 80 projects will upgrade transit service, purchase eco-friendly buses, modernize transit stations and create jobs throughout the state. The grants are funded through 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.

“These projects are a direct investment in our state's public transit system and will help energize California’s economy,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. "Not only will these projects help create jobs, they will also reduce traffic congestion, clean the air, and provide Californians with more viable alternatives to rising gas prices.”

Some of the notable projects awarded Proposition 1B funding include:

The San Diego Association of Governments will receive $21.5 million for the purchase of light rail vehicles for the trolley Blue Line and the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System will receive $69.5 million to purchase 29-light rail vehicles.

To date, Proposition 1B has provided $1.7 billion in funding to more than 700 transit projects statewide, with 216 completed.

For a comprehensive list of all projects that received transit grants in this funding cycle, please see the attached file.

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