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Tri-Valley projects receive state, federal grants

List includes Livermore Transit Center, BART to Livermore planning

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) recently announced that it was awarded a $440,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration for capital improvements at the Livermore Transit Center.

Work is already underway at the transit center, after Livermore's historic train depot was moved there last July. Efforts to restore the depot building so it can house LAVTA's sales office and museum displays is expected to be completed during the summer.

"This grant provides the funding necessary to really complete the Livermore Transit Center project and greatly improve the customer experience for Wheels and Rapid riders through improved passenger amenities, updated lighting and better signage," said Livermore City Councilman Steven Spedowfski, who also sits on the LAVTA Board of Directors.

Pleasanton City Councilwoman Karla Brown, who is LAVTA board chair, added, "We are very pleased that our project was selected for funding through this highly competitive FTA discretionary grant program. The LAVTA staff is to be commended for developing a compelling grant application that was favorably received."

LAVTA also announced in recent days that the Tri-Valley-San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority received $750,000 in state grant money for its continued planning efforts to connect the ACE Train and BART rail systems to alleviate congestion along the Interstate 580 corridor.

"The I-580 freeway serves the Altamont Corridor and ranks as one of the most congested freeways in the Northern California Megaregion due to high volume commuter, freight and other traffic," said Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty, who also serves as the rail authority's board chair.

"With traffic on the I-580 expected to increase 60% in the near future, this is a very important rail connection that will not only improve our quality of life, but will also have a positive impact on our economy and the environment," he added.

Those two grants came on the heels of LAVTA receiving a nearly $21 million grant from the California State Transportation Agency, through its Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program, to support the project to build a new parking garage at the eastern Dublin-Pleasanton BART station. The state program includes Senate Bill 1 and state cap-and-trade funds.

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