The California State Transportation Agency or CalSTA recently issued $690 million in grants to 28 new public transportation projects in “disadvantaged communities” statewide to expand transit and passenger rail service throughout the state.
[Above photo by the California Governor’s Office]
That grant funding is part of a larger, multiyear, multibillion-dollar investment to upgrade the state’s transit system to support equity, enhance mobility options, improve service and reduce overdependence on driving.
Those grants, issued by CalSTA via its Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program, follow $2.54 billion in state funding awarded in January for a total state investment of more than $3.2 billion in public transportation in just the first four months of 2023.
“California is making a multiyear, multibillion-dollar investment to transform and modernize our transportation infrastructure, creating jobs, alternatives to driving, and reducing pollution,” said Governor Gavin Newsom (D) in a statement.
“Our state is placing a high priority on investing in public transportation projects that aim to shift away from fossil fuels while making public travel more rider friendly,” he explained. “[This] announcement not only provides better travel alternatives but also helps to speed up our transition to a cleaner, healthier transportation future for all Californians.”
“These investments will help kick-start new transit projects, create thousands of jobs and put our state in a stronger position to compete for significant federal infrastructure funding to deliver even more mobility, safety, environmental and equity benefits,” added CalSTA Secretary Toks Omishakin.