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California commission allocates millions for transportation projects


The California Transportation Commission (CTC) recently allocated $152 million in new funding for 36 projects, including $1.3 million to the Southern California Regional Rail Authority.

The latest round of funding drives the total amount of transportation funding allocated in 2013 beyond the $3 billion barrier, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) officials said in a press release.

"The billions in funding we've invested in transportation has kept workers on the job building better roads, bridges, rail, and transit that will benefit California for decades to come," said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.

Highlights of the most recent allocation include $1.3 million to the Southern California Regional Rail Authority for safety improvements to the Branford Street grade crossing.

Earlier this year, Los Angeles received $26 million to improve the Port of Los Angeles; and $28 million was distributed for the Exposition Light Rail Project between Culver City and Santa Monica. Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) received $140 million from Proposition 1A, the high-speed rail bond, to purchase 46 new rail cars that will provide new service from the BART/Caltrain Millbrae Station directly to San Francisco International Airport.