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The California Transportation Commission has allocated $138 million for 32 projects that will improve bridges, highways and passenger-rail systems, including $8.5 million for Metrolink's high-speed readiness program.The funds for Metrolink will be used to acquire three additional Tier 4 high-powered locomotives, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) officials said in a press release.Other projects receiving funds include $11.9 million for the Raymond Avenue grade separation from Ash Avenue to Walnut Avenue in the city of Fullerton; and $6.5 million for the Raymer-to-Bernson double track project, which will add track capacity on the Ventura County line and reduce train traffic interference from commuter and freight rail.
"From one end of the state to the other, transportation projects are providing good paying jobs while at the same time reducing traffic congestion for the people and businesses in California," said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.
The allocations also include $25 million from Proposition 1B, a transportation bond approved by voters in 2006. To date, more than $17 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been put to work statewide for transportation purposes.
The remaining $113 million in allocations came from assorted transportation accounts funded by state and federal dollars.