More than $295 million awarded to Bay Area-related transit and rail projects

Mark Prado

The California State Transportation Agency has awarded more than $295 million to Bay Area-related projects to expand transit and intercity rail service, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Statewide, nearly $800 million was awarded to 23 projects via the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) last week.

Bay Area-related projects include:

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA). Project: SFMTA Core Capacity Program. Award: $116,076,000. Funding for this project will implement the Muni Forward program on three key corridors (K-Ingleside and N-Judah rail lines, and the 38-Geary bus line) to enhance reliability, efficiency, travel times, and rider comfort that has been deployed on 70 miles of Transit Priority Projects across San Francisco.

San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission. Project: Valley Rail Expansion, Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) Ceres to Turlock Extension. Award: $57,018,000. The project delivers the ACE extension to Turlock, which is an interim phase of SJRRC’s planned Ceres to Merced extension. This integrates Turlock into the greater regional and statewide rail network, providing direct connections within the San Joaquin Valley, as well as to and from the San Francisco Bay Area and the Sacramento Region.

BART. Project: East Bay Transit-Oriented Development Mobility Enhancement Project. Award: $49 million. This project constructs essential transportation infrastructure at the Lake Merritt, El Cerrito Plaza and West Oakland BART stations to support transit-oriented development (TOD) that will result in more than 2,000 new homes being built, with at least 30% affordable housing.

Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA) with Petaluma Transit, Santa Rosa CityBus, Sonoma County Transit, Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) and Mendocino Transit Authority. Project: Sonoma Regional Bus and Rail Connectivity Improvements. Award: $24,825,000. The project includes purchase of 30 zero-emission buses and associated charging infrastructure and passenger amenities for Petaluma Transit, Santa Rosa CityBus and Sonoma County Transit. It will also help fund construction of the SMART Petaluma North commuter rail station at Corona Road. The award additionally will provide network integration among all application partners and other transit operators in Sonoma and Mendocino County, improving the rider experience and improving the efficiency of transit services.

San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA). Project: San Francisco Zero Emissions High-Frequency Ferry Network. Award: $14,946,000. Acquisition of two new all-electric vessels and related shoreside charging infrastructure to ensure the completion of all-electric ferry service connecting Downtown San Francisco to neighborhoods in Mission Bay and Treasure Island, on a regular 40-minute headway that is consistent with connections to other ferry routes.

Contra Costa Transportation Authority with County Connection and Livermore Amador Valley Transportation Authority. Project: I-680 Express Bus Program. Award: $14,460,000. A program of projects that will collectively support the implementation of the new zero-emission express bus service along the I-680 corridor between the Martinez Amtrak station and the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station, extending peak service to the Pleasanton ACE station.

City of Oakland. Project: Oakland Waterfront Mobility Hub. Award: $10,732,000. This project implements a suite of transportation improvements aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by strengthening linkages between local, regional, and intercity transit. It also supports statewide goals around density and land use, while improving the quality of life along Oakland’s waterfront and downtown neighborhoods by improving access to the historic waterfront and providing new connections to several underserved communities.

City of Cupertino with the City of Santa Clara. Project: South Bay Microtransit Expansion. Award: $8,465,000. This project expands transit options for the South Bay community by expanding the existing microtransit service, called Via-Cupertino, to include the City of Santa Clara using a zero-emission vehicle fleet.

Since 2015, TIRCP has provided more than $6.6 billion in funding to nearly 100 projects. TIRCP funding is provided through Senate Bill (SB) 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, and from the Cap-and-Trade program proceeds. Funding for this award cycle was higher than originally estimated due to increased Cap-and-Trade auction proceeds over the past year as well as strong Transportation Improvement Fee revenue.

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