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California Agencies Receive State Grants to Combat Climate Change

Fourteen public transit projects in California, all administered by APTA member agencies, have received a total of $224 million in competitive grants from the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA).

CalSTA awards the grants to projects that support high-quality public transportation and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.

The program is part of the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program, implemented by CalSTA in coordination with Caltrans and the California Air Resources Board. Agencies and projects receiving state funds include:

* San Francisco Municipal Transpor­tation Agency, $41 million for eight zero-emission light rail vehicles;

* Southern California Regional Rail Authority, $41 million for nine fuel-efficient locomotives for Metrolink;

* San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, $32 million for trolley capacity improvements and the purchase of at least eight vehicles;

* Los Angeles Metro, $28.5 million for upgrades to Blue Line light rail and to revitalize the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station;

* Antelope Valley Transit Authority, Lancaster, $24.4 million for BRT, including the purchase of at least 29 electric vehicles;

* Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District, $11 million for three railcars;

* Monterey-Salinas Transit, $10 million to overhaul a 37-year-old operations and maintenance facility and increase bus service;

* San Joaquin Regional Transit District, Stockton, $6.8 million for BRT;

* Sacramento Regional Transit District, $6.4 million for refurbishment of seven light rail vehicles;

* Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority, Sacramento, $4.6 million for travel time reduction;

* San Diego Association of Governments, $4 million toward completion of a 21-mile BRT project;

* Orange County Transportation Authority, $2.3 million toward the purchase of five CNG buses for BRT;

* Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo Rail Corridor Agency, $1.7 million for several improvements; and

* San Joaquin Regional Rail Com­mission, $200,000 for Altamont Corridor Express wayside power.

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