California Announces $690 Million in Funding for Public Transportation Projects

April 25, 2023
The projects aim to expand transit options to disadvantaged communities

Yesterday, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced $690 million in funding will be going to 28 public transportation projects to disadvantaged communities in order to expand transit and rail service throughout the Golden State.

“California is making a multiyear, multibillion-dollar investment to transform and modernize our transportation infrastructure, creating jobs, alternatives to driving, and reducing pollution,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. “Our state is placing a high priority on investing in public transportation projects that aim to shift away from fossil fuels while making public travel more rider friendly. Today’s announcement not only provides better travel alternatives but also helps to speed up our transition to a cleaner, healthier transportation future for all Californians.”

The announcement is part of a bigger investment in the state's transit system to support equity, enhance mobility options, improve service, and reduce dependence on driving. The state has invested over $3.2 billion into public transportation in the first four months of 2023.

“California under Governor Newsom’s leadership continues to make historic investments to expand and improve access to public transportation for the people of California,” said Transportation Secretary Toks Omishakin. “These investments will help kick-start new transit projects, create thousands of jobs and put our state in a stronger position to compete for significant federal infrastructure funding to deliver even more mobility, safety, environmental and equity benefits.”

A budget of more than $2.63 billion from federal, state, and local funding will benefit disadvantaged communities and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 2 million metric tons, the equivalent of removing 445,000 gas-powered cars off the road.

For a full list of projects, click here.

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Source: California Governor's Office