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California Set to Benefit from Recently Passed Long-Term Transportation Bill

December 7, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, the House voted 359-65 to adopt the conference report on H.R. 22, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, a five-year reauthorization of funds for highway, bridge, transportation safety, and public transit projects. California transportation agencies including the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Alameda Corridor East (ACE), the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and others stand to benefit from provisions that fund and create programs to improve transit in Southern California. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), released the following statement:

“After years of short term extensions and patches, I was proud to vote for this long-term bill which will finally give state and local governments the assurance they need to move ahead with necessary improvements and construction. In June, I wrote to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure urging the inclusion of provisions of importance to California. I am thrilled to see the leadership of the Committee heeded our call. Our area is set to benefit from a number of provisions in this bill. The FAST Act includes $13 billion to repair and upgrade bus and rail systems and another $3.7 billion for bus systems nationwide. It also will support the repair of more bridges by bringing back federal funding for locally owned bridges. Of particular importance to Southern California, this bill opens up funding for freight projects to local governments, which is crucial as most of the country’s freight moves through the region and out to the rest of the country. And as we seek alternatives to our congested roads – especially here in the Los Angeles area, which has some of the country’s worst traffic – this bill adds millions of dollars in new funding to support walking and biking and allows for exemptions from unreasonable standards on our HOV lanes. While I prefer higher levels of funding for necessary transportation innovation, this bill will provide the certainty our local and state transit partners need to execute projects and hire workers.”

This legislation then passed the Senate on December 3 by a vote of 83-16 and was signed into law by President Obama on December 4, 2015