Bay Area Receives $38 Million in State Funding to Rehabilitate and Modernize Transit Systems

By Chirag Rabari
Rapid Bus

Here’s more good news for transportation in California and the Bay Area:

Caltrans announced [last week] the recipients of $105 million in State of Good Repair (SGR) program funds from Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), money that will provide capital assistance to local governments and agencies to rehabilitate and modernize California’s existing local transit systems. This program has a specific goal of keeping transit systems in a state of good repair, including the purchase of new transit vehicles and maintenance and rehabilitation of transit facilities and vehicles.

This includes nearly $38 million for 29 projects across the Bay Area for Fiscal Year 2017-2018. These funds will go towards everything including elevator and escalator maintenance on BART to rehabbed light rail vehicles for VTA, from supporting Bus Rapid Transit in the East Bay to repaving a park-and-ride lot in San Mateo County, along with new ferries, buses, vans and all manner of maintenance and rehabilitation projects. 

This additional funding for Bay Area transportation comes on top of the nearly $2 billion over 10 years in grant awards and grant recommendations for 23 Bay Area projects announced last month from SB 1 competitive grant programs.

Below is a full list of projects receiving SGR program funding, sorted by the size of the award. MTC, as the region’s transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency, is the official recipient of all these funds, but the monies will be directed to the sub-recipient projects as designated here. 

Source: Caltrans

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