Pleasanton Weekly

News - March 19, 2010

WHEELS awarded quarter-million-dollars in federal stimulus funds

Part of $83.9 million being doled out to California transit agencies

The U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced that California will receive $83.9 million in stimulus funds for transit improvements.

For the Tri-Valley, the only grant was a total of $779,046 to the Livermore-Amador Valley Transit Authority for preventive maintenance. The system operates the WHEELS bus line and charter buses for commuter groups.

In the Bay Area, the biggest recipients of the funds are the San Francisco Municipal Railway, which will receive $18.2 million to rebuild and perform preventive maintenance on light rail vehicles, and BART, which will get $17 million for railcar and station equipment improvements.

In addition, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority will get $12.3 million to buy 20 40-foot buses, the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District will get $6.7 million for preventive maintenance on its buses, the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board will get $2.7 million for the San Mateo bridges project and the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation Department will get $2.4 million to replace bus wash equipment.

Vallejo will receive $2.4 million to repair and rehabilitate the Vallejo Intermodal Station, San Mateo County Transit will get $2 million for preventive maintenance and the purchase of four replacement buses, the Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority will get $1.1 million for preventive maintenance, the purchase of lifts and parking lot repairs, and the Contra Costa Transit Authority will get $1.1 million for preventive maintenance.

The city of Santa Rosa will receive $1 million to buy two hybrid electric buses, the Napa County Transportation Planning Agency will get $721,312 for bus rehabilitation and to buy shop equipment, and Sonoma County Transit will get $448,161 to replace a 40-foot bus.

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said in a statement: "These critical investments will put Californians to work on transit projects that will ease congestion, improve air quality and speed Californians on their way to work and school."

Jeff Shuttleworth, Bay City News

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