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Calif. gets $84M for transportation improvements

Friday, March 05, 2010
The 71 Muni bus in San Francisco.

The U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today that California will receive $83.9 million in stimulus funds for transit improvements.

In the Bay Area, the biggest recipients of the funds are the San Francisco Municipal Railway, which will receive $18.2 million to rebuild and perform preventive maintenance on light rail vehicles, and BART, which will get $17 million for railcar and station equipment improvements.

In addition, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority will get $12.3 million to buy 20 40-foot buses, the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District will get $6.7 million for preventive maintenance on its buses, the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board will get $2.7 million for the San Mateo bridges project and the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation Department will get $2.4 million to replace bus wash equipment.

Vallejo will receive $2.4 million to repair and rehabilitate the Vallejo Intermodal Station, San Mateo County Transit will get $2 million for preventive maintenance and the purchase of four replacement buses, the Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority will get $1.1 million for preventive maintenance, the purchase of lifts and parking lot repairs, the Contra Costa Transit Authority will get $1.1 million for preventive maintenance, and the Livermore-Amador Valley Transit Authority will get $779,046 for preventive maintenance.

The city of Santa Rosa will receive $1 million to buy two hybrid electric buses, the Napa County Transportation Planning Agency will get $721,312 for bus rehabilitation and to buy shop equipment, and Sonoma County Transit will get $448,161 to replace a 40-foot bus.

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, D-California, said in a statement, "These critical investments will put Californians to work on transit projects that will ease congestion, improve air quality and speed Californians on their way to work and school."

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