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The California Transportation Commission has allocated $ 1.18 billion for infrastructure projects across the state.
The 13-member commission is responsible for programming and managing transport funds for motorway, rail, transit and active transport purposes.
More than half of the investment, about $ 630 million, came from Senate Bill 1, also known as the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. This bill, which included a fuel tax hike, is said to be US 54 billion over a decade -Dollars are used to repair roads, highways and bridges, as well as to support transit and security.
According to the commission, SB 1 provides $ 5 billion in transportation annually, which is shared between state and local authorities.
“California has the busiest transportation system in the country,” said Toks Omishakin, director of the California Department of Transportation. “[This] Investments will enable Caltrans to make critical repairs and upgrades to our state’s roads and bridges, increase transit, rail, pedestrian and bicycle opportunities, and support thousands of jobs. “
Approximately $ 7.8 million has been approved for the Imperial County Transportation Commission in aid of improving truck crossings at the Calexico East Port of Entry. Imperial County covers the eastern half of California’s Mexico border.
The Calexico East Port of Entry, which connects Imperial County with Mexicali, is a busy intersection for commercial trucks. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, this port of entry has handled 107,929 trucks so far in 2021.
Approximately $ 200 million has been allocated to build a truck climbing route along Interstate 10, which stretches from Santa Monica, California to Jacksonville, Florida, through the southern United States and serves as a major cargo conduit.
In Stockton, US $ 20 million will support a project on a rail freight corridor that connects Stockton Harbor with markets across California. The Port of Stockton is an inland port on the San Joaquin River and has handling facilities for dry and liquid bulk goods as well as container freight.
In particular, the crews will build an overpass over the Stockton Diamond, a level crossing point for the Union Pacific Corp. tracks. and the BNSF Railway. According to the Commission, the project will create a vertical gap to remove interference between the freight railways at this intersection.
Some projects focus on the inclusion of alternative fuels in the transport sector. Approximately $ 5 million has been spent purchasing 20 zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell buses and associated infrastructure to improve service frequency in Los Angeles County.
The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System received $ 13.3 million for the purchase of 11 battery electric buses. In particular, these buses will be used on the Iris Rapid route, which when completed will connect passengers from Otay Mesa to Iris Avenue station east of Imperial Beach.
Around $ 1.3 million has been approved along I-10 for the installation of electric charging stations for zero-emission vehicles near Banning and Blythe. Banning is 30 miles east of San Bernardino. Blythe is just across the Colorado River from Arizona.
The California Air Resources Board has set a goal for public transportation companies to switch to 100% zero-emission bus fleets by 2040. Exposure to ozone and particulate matter contributes to approximately 7,500 premature deaths in California annually, according to CARB.
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