The California Department of Transportation in providing $146 million in funding via its Low Carbon Transit Operations Program or LCTOP to 166 local public transportation projects across the state; supporting new and expanded bus, rail, and intermodal transit projects aimed at improving the sustainability of transportation systems and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
[Photo by Caltrain.]
“This investment will help reduce our impact on the environment and improve transit service, particularly for those facing economic barriers to mobility,” noted Toks Omishakin, director of Caltrans, in a statement. “Greater access to transit options will lead to decreased dependence on driving and cleaner air for all Californians.”
Caltrans created its LCTOP endeavor in 2014 to provide operating and capital assistance for transit agencies to reduce GHG emissions and improve mobility, with funding for projects in “disadvantaged communities” given top priority. It is funded by the Cap-and-Trade Program within the state’s GHG Reduction Fund; one of many programs developed under AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.
As this year’s LCTOP funding awards are taking place during the COVID-19 pandemic, some projects were revised to address emerging health and safety priorities. For example, some agencies expanded dial-a-ride and fare-free services to increase access and protection for their riders and operators.