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California Department of Transportation
District 2 - Redding
October 29, 2009
STIMULUS FUNDS NEW BUSES IN TRINITY COUNTY
First two buses purchased with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act rural transit funding in State of California
Trinity County –After receiving a $250,000 rural transit grant funded by President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), the Trinity County Department of Transportation today accepted delivery of two brand new 21-passenger buses. The buses are the first in the state to be purchased with Recovery Act rural transit funding.
"My Administration is working hand-in-hand with President Obama's team to ensure stimulus dollars are pumped into California quickly and responsibly to stimulate the economy and in this instance - invest in the future of California's transportation infrastructure," said Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The buses will enhance transit service between Willow Creek and Weaverville and add new service from Weaverville to Redding. They also will provide a vital link connecting rural Trinity County with intercity bus services in Arcata and beyond to Greyhound and Amtrak buses.
Last month, Governor Schwarzenegger announced that Caltrans received $34 million in rural transit grants for the federally designated purpose of promoting and enhancing public transportation in rural areas. The funds will enable rural transit agencies to construct bus station terminals, improve bus fare collection systems, upgrade safety and surveillance security equipment and purchase over 125 new vehicles. For more information on that announcement visit: http://gov.ca.gov/press-release/13403/
Caltrans will distribute the grants to 77 rural transit agencies for 137 projects throughout the state. For a comprehensive list of the Recovery Act rural transit grants, please visit: http://www.dot.ca.gov/Recovery/documents/RecoveryActRuralTransitProjectsOctober2009.pdf
“These first two new buses are being delivered just one month after Caltrans received the funds, underscoring Governor Schwarzenegger's commitment to expedite the implementation of the Recovery Act," said Caltrans Director Randy Iwasaki.
Under Governor Schwarzenegger's leadership, California leads the nation with more than $2 billion in Recovery Act funding obligated to 685 highway and local street projects statewide. Of these, 231 projects worth $1.4 billion have been awarded contracts to begin work. California was the first state in the nation to obligate $1 billion of Recovery Act funding, doing so two months ahead of the federal June 30, 2009 deadline. For more information on the Recovery Act visit http://recovery.ca.gov/.