California Transportation Commission Allocates $924 Million to Improve Transportation—$458 million of the funding comes from SB 1

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District: District 7 - Los Angeles
Contact: Marc Bischoff
Email: Marc.Bischoff@dot.ca.gov

SACRAMENTO — The California Transportation Commission (CTC) at its May meeting allocated more than $924 million for projects to improve critical transportation infrastructure throughout the state. Nearly half of this major investment – $458 million – comes from Senate Bill (SB) 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.

"Caltrans is building a brighter future through a transportation network that serves all Californians. This significant investment will help us fortify and enhance our state’s vast network of highways, bridges, transit lines, bikeways and pedestrian routes."

Toks Omishakin, Director, Caltrans

District 7 Funding Allocations - May 2021

Projects approved in Los Angeles County include:

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Acquisition of systemwide Light Rail Vehicles. 78 vehicles and the option to buy an additional 39. $27.8 million.

Long Beach Transit / UCLA Electric Commuter Express

Procure five zero emission battery electric buses and the construction of charging infrastructure to create a zero-emission over-the-road coach commuter route between the Greater Long Beach area and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). $6.5 million.

Los Angeles Region Transit System Integration & Modernization Program

Complete environmental documentation for the Vermont Transit Corridor, which will result in either a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) or rail transit service along the corridor between Hollywood Boulevard and 120th Street. $5 million.

The city of Thousand Oaks

On Los Feliz Drive between Thousand Oaks Blvd. and Conejo School Rd. Construct sidewalk, curb, gutter and accessible ramps on the north & south side of Los Feliz Dr. $898K

In addition to the investments listed above, Caltrans also reported to the CTC on recent emergency and safety projects, including $13 million to rebuild 150 feet of Highway 1 at Rat Creek in Monterey County following a January mudslide. Caltrans completed this emergency repair project nearly two months ahead of its target date, reopening the highway to traffic on April 23.

SB 1 funding provides $5 billion in transportation funding annually split between the state and local agencies. Road projects progress through construction phases more quickly based on the availability of funds, including projects that are partially funded by SB 1. For more information about other state transportation projects funded by SB 1, visit RebuildingCA.ca.gov.