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Senate Committee Approves FY 2009 Transportation-HUD Appropriations Bill

- Bill includes millions for mass transit programs in California -

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today announced that California will receive millions of dollars of funding for important mass transit programs included in the FY 2009 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. The bill, which has been approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee, provides annual spending for the Department of Transportation, the Housing and Urban Development Agency (HUD), and other related agencies.

“As gas prices continue to skyrocket and our roads become more congested, mass transit is becoming increasingly important to communities across California,” Senator Feinstein said. “Projects like Perris Valley Line, the Muni Third Street Light Rail, the San Diego Mid-City Rapid Bus and the Gold Line in Los Angeles help ease congestion, reduce reliance on gas, and provide millions of Californians the ability to get out behind the wheel of their cars. And the funding provided in this bill will provide a much-needed federal hand of assistance for these critical transportation infrastructure projects.”

The bill includes funding for the following projects in California:  

Department of Transportation 

Mass Transit Projects

  • $3 million for the AC Transit Bus Rapid Transit Corridor in Alameda County
  • $8 million for the San Francisco Muni Third Street Light Rail Transit Project
  • $7 million for the South Sacramento Corridor Light Rail Extension
  • $74.6 million for the Los Angeles Metro Gold Line Eastside Light Rail Extension
  • $50 million for the Perris Valley Line Metrolink Extension in Riverside County
  • $21.65 million for the San Diego Mid-City Rapid Bus Route
  • $10.952 million for the Los Angeles Wilshire Boulevard Bus-Only Lane
  • $7.99 million for the Livermore-Amador Bus Rapid Transit Project
  • $332,620 for the Los Angeles Metro Rapid Bus System Gap Closure 

Grade Separation Projects Funded

  • $1 million for Alameda Corridor East Railroad Grade Separations