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CTC Awards $224 Million in Transit and Intercity Rail Grants

First Round of Public Transportation Investments to Combat Climate Change

July 2, 2015
The California State Transportation Agency (CTC) on Tuesday announced the 2015 recipients of $224 million in competitive grants that support high-quality public transportation and reduce greenhouse gas emissions causing worldwide climate change.
These climate investments are funded by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund using proceeds from the state’s Cap-and-Trade auctions.
The grant funding is part of the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program, implemented by CTC in coordination with the California Department of Transportation and California Air Resources Board. The grants help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by expanding public transportation ridership and capacity.
This year’s 14 grants help support approximately $720 million in public transportation investments and reduce an estimated 860,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent to taking 180,000 cars off the road. The transit entities benefitting from these grants currently support approximately 360 million transit trips per year. In addition, 93 percent of the projects benefit disadvantaged communities.
Benefits from this year’s grants include:
  • Constructing station and service improvements for Los Angeles basin light rail and improving and increasing service on Southern California commuter rail services across five counties;
  • Offering San Diego improved and increased trolley service and 11 miles of new bus rapid transit;
  • Expanding Bay Area light rail service and capacity;
  • Refurbishing Sacramento rail cars for future express service;
  • Adding capacity to Sonoma County rail service;
  • Building two new bus rapid transit corridors and reducing locomotive emissions in the San Joaquin region;
  • Improving Monterey and Salinas bus service;
  • Reducing Capitol Corridor, Altamont Corridor Express and Amtrak San Joaquin corridor travel times;
  • Launching a new Orange County rapid bus route;
  • Improving local transit transfers to and from the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner; and
  • Commencing new, more frequent electric bus service between the Antelope Valley and Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley and new, more frequent electric bus rapid transit in the Antelope Valley.  
These improvements include funds for 16 new and seven refurbished light rail vehicles, three rail cars, nine locomotives, 20 compressed natural gas buses, 12 hybrid buses and 30 zero emission electric buses.
A complete list of the grant recipients can be found online.

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