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Ventura County Rail & Transit Projects Are Crucial For Modernizing Infrastructure In Southern California.

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Years ago, John Oliver pointed out on HBO’s Last Week Tonight, that politicians often note that infrastructure isn’t “sexy” and maintenance is even less so. Ventura County rail and transit projects may not get much recognition by the general public. Yet this vital infrastructure impacts the daily lives of travelers, including projects such as the Hueneme Road Corridor traffic signal and safety improvements and the Pleasant Valley Road two-way left turn lane improvements.

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Even less “sexy” than infrastructure projects are the plans for them. Yet, planning is arguably the most important stage of any project anywhere, regardless of size or financial resources. Due to the devastation caused by recent disasters such as the Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow event, Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC), in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG), applied for and received an Adaptation Planning grant from Caltrans to develop a Transportation Emergency Preparedness Plan (TEPP) for Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

This mission of TEPP is to provide a proactive strategy and roadmap for transportation response and recovery during emergencies for Ventura and Santa Barbara counties going forward.  

On the rails, funding from the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program will support passenger rail safety and speed improvement projects.  A $10.7 million grant will partially fund the Burbank Corridor Speed and Safety Improvements Project, which will enhance service on Metrolink’s Ventura County and Antelope Valley lines.  

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