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California receives more than $119 million in transportation grants

Last week, Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla (both D-Calif.) announced that eight local governments, transit agencies, and tribes in California will receive more than $119 million in grants from the Department of Transportation (DOT). This funding comes from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program, which helps communities modernize transportation infrastructure. 

“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that President Biden signed last year continues to deliver big wins for California,” said Senator Feinstein. “The announcement of nearly $120 million to bolster transportation infrastructure is great news. This funding will help California continue to lead the way to cleaner, greener forms of transportation.” 

“As the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law continues to deliver for California, I’m proud to see significant investments from this historic legislation for local and regional transportation infrastructure projects,” Senator Padilla said. “This funding for projects across the state, from San Francisco to the Central Valley and Los Angeles, will improve transportation safety, better connect our communities, and help keep our economy moving.”  

RAISE projects are evaluated based on statutory criteria of safety, environmental sustainability, quality of life, economic competitiveness and opportunity, state of good repair, partnership, innovation, mobility, and community connectivity. In Southern California, projects include: 

  • $20 million for the Port of Los Angeles Maritime Support Facility Access/Terminal Island Rail System Project to construct a four-lane, rail-roadway grade separation that will eliminate a significant impediment to truck access.
  • $15 million for the Inglewood Transit Connector Project to complete an approximately 1.6-mile fully-elevated, automated transit system with three stations to fill a critical gap in the region’s transit system.
  • $15 million for the City of Fontana’s Project to Better Connect the Inland Empire to provide significant complete street improvements.

California could see hundreds of thousands of highway and transit-related jobs over the next five years due to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.  Rebuild SoCal Partnership will continue to advocate for investment in transportation infrastructure to benefit local workers and Southern California communities.

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