Stimulus money for California transit

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced $83.9 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for transit improvements in California.

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, issued a statement:

“Once again, where local and state governments are unable to afford needed transportation improvements, we see the federal government stepping up in a big way. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act continues to put our country on a path to recovery through smart investments in transportation, education, health services, and other sectors, creating jobs for people throughout our communities. There is much more to do to fix our economy, but let there be no doubt, without ARRA, we would be in much worse shape and countless more Americans would currently be unemployed.”

And U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said “(t)hese critical investments will put Californians to work on transit projects that will ease congestion, improve air quality and speed Californians on their way to work and school.”

See a list of funding for Northern California projects, after the jump…

  • $18,221,874 to San Francisco’s MUNI for preventative maintenance and to replace light rail vehicles;
  • $16,972,052 for BART railcar and station equipment improvements;
  • $12,251,784 to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority to buy 20 buses;
  • $6,682,626 to the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District for preventative maintenance;
  • $2,684,596 to the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board for the San Mateo Bridges replacement project;
  • $2,045,371 to the San Mateo County Transit District for preventative maintenance and to replace buses;
  • $2,009,466 to the City of Vallejo for a Vallejo Station;
  • $1,107,398 to the Central Contra Costa Transit Authority for preventative maintenance;
  • $1,054,888 to the Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority for preventative maintenance, bus lifts, and parking lot repairs;
  • $983,249 to the City of Santa Rosa to buy two buses;
  • $799,046 to the Livermore-Amador Valley Transit Authority for preventative maintenance;
  • $788,484 to the City of Fairfield to buy six new buses;
  • $721,312 to the Napa County Transportation Planning Agency for bus rehab and shop equipment;
  • $527,655 to the City of Vacaville for the Vacaville Intermodal Station;
  • $488,161 to Sonoma County Transit to replace a bus;
  • $488,000 to the Sacramento Regional Transit District for six replacement minivans;
  • $439,212 to the City of Vallejo for the Vallejo Intermodal Station
  • $244,279 to the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District to replace bus wash equipment;
  • $197,637 to the Western Contra Costa Transit Authority for preventative maintenance and the purchase of a generator;
  • $172,340 to the City of Fairfield to install fareboxes;
  • $115,330 to the City of Vacaville to install fareboxes; and
  • $77,123 to Union City to buy two buses.
  • Josh Richman

    Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

    • Truthclubber

      Let me get this straight.

      Union City can get a bus for ~ $39K each (sounds about right), but the best Santa Rosa can do with TAXPAYER (stimulus) money is get a bus for over $490K?

      Gee, and MSM folks wonder why Tea Partiers are so f’ing mad all the time…

    • Mike F.

      Gee, think about how many jobs those fare machines create each day.

    • Josh Richman

      Actually, according to MUNI, a conventional diesel bus costs about $350,000 while the sort of hybrid MUNI uses costs about $500,000. And as my buddy Bob Gammon has been reporting for years over at the East Bay Express, those imported Van Hool buses to which AC Transit is partial range from $300,000 to $530,000 each.

      I haven’t had time today to examine Union City’s application for the stimulus funds, but I’d bet either that those aren’t full-sized buses they’re buying, or that this is only part of the total funding needed to buy them.

    • Ralph Hoffmann

      Dump the Pump! Ride Transit and Help Save the Environment, while decreasing dependence on Middle East Crude Oil!