California approves more than $2B in transportation funding

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The California Transportation Commission (CTC) recently approved more than $2 billion for transportation projects statewide.

“We are committed to providing a world-class transportation system by making smart investments to upgrade our infrastructure and better serve all travelers,” Tony Tavares, California Department of Transportation director, said. “Increasing mobility for Californians demands a multi-modal approach that prioritizes improved safety, system-wide resiliency and sustainability, equitable access, and continued support for the efficient movement of goods and services that help fuel the state’s economic engine.”

Funding supports project that mitigate the effects of climate change, increase access for bicyclists and pedestrians, enhance railroad safety, and perform bridge maintenance and rail system upgrades.

Approved projects include:

The North Coast Corridor Rail project in San Diego County will receive $103 million to expand and upgrade passenger facilities, add a second rail line, and construct of a new bridge.

Tulare County will receive $17.8 million to improve Highway 99 and state Route 68.

Santa Barbara will receive $10 million for electric buses and chargers and to expand facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The approved funding includes approximately $443 million from Senate Bill 1, and more than $483 million from the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021.