SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- The Department of Transportation announced that Caltrans was awarded nearly $250 million to improve public transit and air quality.
According to the department, 127 projects will get an upgrade on their transit service, purchase eco-friendly buses and modernize transit stations. "These projects give Californians a viable alternative to using their cars," said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. "Public transit reduces traffic congestion and protects the environment by lowering greenhouse gas emissions," said Dougherty.
The funding comes from Proposition 1B, which was the 2006 voter-approved transportation bond that gives $3.6 billion over a 10-year period to improve public transit throughout the state. So far, Proposition 1B has provided more than $2 billion in funding to almost 900 transit projects statewide, with 340 completed to date.
The Department of Transportation also mentioned several local projects funded through Proposition 1B:
"San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority: $998,296 for the purchase of five to ten acres for the construction of a facility to house maintenance, scheduling, dispatch and administrative functions.
City of Solvang: $265,000 for the purchase of four vehicles over a three-year period. These vehicles will have an 18 passenger configuration with a wheelchair lift
San Benito County Council of Governments: $87,000 to replace a fifteen year old fueling facility which will include new fueling pumps, updated security features and tracking software.
City of Morro Bay: $13,000 for the purchase of a replacement vehicle including the installation of a bicycle rack and new communications equipment."