Caltrans approves $192 million for public transit projects

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Caltrans has approved $192 million in California Climate Investment funds for 136 public transportation projects that will cut pollution and create more affordable transportation options, especially for disadvantaged communities.

“More clean and affordable transportation is coming to California, cutting pollution and making it easier for folks to get around,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement. These programs are key to our climate goals – building charging stations, getting more EV buses on the roads, and reducing costs for public transit.”

Projects include:

  • $52 million to fully electrify public bus routes in a transit corridor in Los Angeles County’s North San Fernando Valley;
  • $2.5 million to install electric vehicle charging equipment and replace 15 diesel buses with EV buses in a San Mateo County low-income community;
  • $9.7 million to build a new fueling station to support 50 hydrogen-powered buses in Orange County – 75% percent of the funding will benefit disadvantaged and low-income neighborhoods;
  • $17.5 million for free transit tickets for low-income seniors, youth and people with disabilities in San Francisco;
  • $1.6 million to add a new bus route through an underserved community in the south Fresno area;
  • $522,292 to install electric chargers and convert a fleet of buses to zero-emissions vehicles in rural Butte County.

Over the last five years, the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) has provided more than $664 million for transportation projects across the state. This year’s highlights include:

  • 31 projects to implement free or reduced fares;
  • 31 projects to offer new expanded/enhanced service;
  • 22 projects to purchase replacement zero-emission vehicles and infrastructure;
  • 16 projects for the purchase, construction and installation of renewable energy/fuel for transit facilities in support of new expanded/enhanced transit service.

For more information about the projects, click here.

LCTOP is funded from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund and is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that allocates billions of cap-and-trade dollars to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen the economy, and improve public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities.

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