Member-Designated Transportation Projects
The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) plans to advance surface transportation authorization legislation later this spring, building on H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, from the 116th Congress. Chair Peter DeFazio announced that the T&I Committee will formally accept requests for projects from House Members.
The T&I Committee process for considering member projects is separate and distinct from the House Committee on Appropriations’ process for considering Community Project Funding requests. Projects funded through the surface transportation authorization will be funded directly from the Highway Trust Fund, and they do not require a separate or subsequent appropriation.
- Congresswoman Chu will NOT accept requests for projects outside of CA-27.
- Only legally-eligible entities, including state and local units of government, may request projects.
- Project sponsors must comply with all relevant federal laws and regulations.
- A request submitted by Congresswoman Chu to the Committee does NOT guarantee the project will be funded.
Capital projects eligible under title 23, United States Code, and chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code, are eligible for funding requests under T&I’s project submission process.
The best way to ensure project eligibility is to select projects included in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) or Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), as those projects have already been certified as eligible for Federal Highway Administration or Federal Transit Administration funding and do not require further verification of eligibility.
For projects not in the STIP or TIP, additional documentation is required, including verification about whether the project can be added to the STIP or TIP in a reasonable timeframe, whether the project is on a long-range transportation plan, and verification of eligibility for the proposed activity under title 23 or chapter 53 of title 49 by the relevant federal agency.
Further, project sponsors must demonstrate the ability to fully obligate any funds provided within the obligation window, and must demonstrate a proven ability to finance the remaining costs not funded by the Committee, as well as the required non-federal cost share.
All requests submitted by Congresswoman Chu to the T&I Committee are posted below. All Members are required to certify that neither they nor their immediate family have a financial interest in the requests made.
Listed below are the projects Congresswoman Chu has submitted to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
NOTE: The projects are listed in alphabetical order by project sponsor.
Project Sponsor: City of Glendora
Project Name: Glendora People Movement – Glendora, CA
Project Location: 116 E Foothill Boulevard, Glendora, CA, 91741
Requested Amount: $5 million
Project Description: This project provides for the construction of 4.5 miles of bicycle and pedestrian facilities along the Big Dalton and Little Dalton Washes. Construct two miles of first/last mile improvements along Glendora Ave from Route 66 to Foothill Blvd and Foothill Blvd from Citrus Ave to Vista Bonita Ave. The first/last mile projects elements feature the highest safety improvements with separated bicycle lanes, curb extensions, enhanced crosswalks, and a Dutch intersection.
Project Sponsor: City of Pasadena
Project Name: Union Street Protected Bike Lanes – Pasadena, CA
Project Location: Union Street from Arroyo Parkway to Hill Ave., Pasadena, California 91101
Requested Amount: $1.6 million
Project Description: This project provides for a protected bicycle lane on Union Street from Arroyo Parkway to Hill Avenue which will provide an alternative mode of travel connecting Metro L Line (Gold Line) light rail transit stations to major institutions and employment centers. The project includes the modification of 14 traffic signals and the installation of 6 new traffic signals to provide a protected two-way bike lane that will encourage the use of non-auto travel on this diverse section of the City and is consistent with the City’s climate action goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by providing true alternatives to automobile travel.
Project Sponsor: City of Pasadena
Project Name: Zero Emissions Bus Purchase – Pasadena, CA
Project Location: 221 E. Walnut St., Suite 199, Pasadena, California 91101
Requested Amount: $2.1 million
Project Description: This project provides for the purchase of two zero emission buses and associated refueling/charging stations to begin the transition of the Pasadena Transit fleet to zero emission transit vehicles and efficiently serve our diverse community of transit riders and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Although the Pasadena Transit system operates primarily within the City of Pasadena, it is the City’s primary first and last mile connector to the regional bus and rail network, with over 25% of passengers connecting from throughout Los Angeles County and Orange County.
Project Sponsor: City of Temple City
Project Name/Location: Pedestrian, ADA, Traffic Signal and Pavement Improvements along Bus Routes – Temple City, CA
Project Location: Temple City, CA, 91780
Requested Amount: $6.2 million
Project Description: This project provides for the improvement of old traffic signal infrastructure, and Pedestrian (ADA compliant sidewalks and paths with current standards) Improvements. Baldwin Ave and Santa Anita Ave are major regional corridor and provide connectivity between 10 and 210 Freeways. Lower Azusa Rd is an east-west collector, and provides connectivity between Rosemead Bl and Santa Anita Ave.
Project Sponsor: County of Los Angeles
Project Name: Emerald Necklace Quarry Clasp Peck Park Trail – Arcadia, CA
Project Location: Peck Road, Arcadia, CA, 91006
Requested Amount: $1,548,800
Project Description: This project provides for the construction of approximately 0.5 miles of Class I bike path and adjacent multi-use trail extending the existing Rio Hondo Class I bike path from its northerly terminus through Peck Road Water Conservation Park (Peck Park) to Peck Road and install 0.1 miles of missing sidewalk along Peck Road. The project also includes construction of a bio-swale, ADA curb ramp, fencing, gates and landscaping including 60+ shade trees.
Project Sponsor: County of Los Angeles
Project Name: Altadena Community Safe Routes to School Plan, Unincorporated – Altadena, CA
Project Location: Altadena, CA
Requested Amount: $480,000
Project Description: This project provides for the development of a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Plan for the Unincorporated Altadena Community adjacent to the City of Pasadena. The SRTS Plan will provide education, encouragement, and infrastructure improvement recommendations for improving walking and bicycling conditions around eight public schools in Altadena.
Project Sponsor: Foothill Transit
Project Name: Foothill Transit Zero Emissions Bus Program
Project Location: West Covina, CA 91790, serving San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys and Los Angeles
Requested Amount: $25.6 million
Project Description: This project provides for the purchase of zero emissions double deck buses, which would be a combination of battery electric and fuel cell buses. This project follows on the heels of the Foothill Transit’s deployment in March 2021 of the first two electric double deck public transit buses in North America. This will enable a comparison of the two technologies and inform future procurements as Foothill Transit continues to lead the way to cleaner, smarter transit in one of the most congested regions in the nation and advances toward its ultimate goal of achieving a totally zero emissions fleet as mandated by the California Air Resources Board. These highly visible innovative buses will meet the multiple objectives of zero emissions, increased passenger capacity and enhanced rider experience, all of which will encourage public transit use. One double deck coach can carry 80 passengers compared with the 38-rider capacity for a 40-foot CNG bus. Moving more people without increasing traffic congestion or greenhouse gases will be a game changer for Southern California and for public transit across the nation. Foothill Transit’s top priority is safety, and this bus replacement is in accordance with Foothill Transit’s Transit Asset Management plan which prioritizes projects that maintain a state of good repair.
Project Sponsor: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro)
Project Name: North Hollywood to Pasadena Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Project
Project Location: 1570 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106, serving Pasadena City College
Requested Amount: $10 million
Project Description: The North Hollywood to Pasadena Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Corridor is one of the region’s most heavily traveled corridors without a premium bus service. This project will provide for the initial development of the 18-mile BRT project will provide a key regional connection between the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys by linking key job and activity centers and providing a premium east-west transit service that would connect the communities of North Hollywood, Burbank, Glendale, Eagle Rock, and Pasadena. Key project elements include dedicated bus lanes, transit signal priority, branded vehicles, and up to 23 rail-like stations with amenities such as canopies, seating, lighting, bike racks, and real time arrival information.