California awarded $40 million in TIGER grants for 4 projects
Chris Hill | August 3, 2016
The Rosecrans and Marquardt Ave. intersection grade separation project received a $15 million TIGER grant.

The Rosecrans and Marquardt Ave. intersection grade separation project received a $15 million TIGER grant.

Four California municipalities have received a total of $40 million in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Program (TIGER) grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation to be used on four distinct projects.

“These grants reflect an important investment in California’s modern transportation system,” says Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “They not only ensure that Californians will continue to enjoy safe roads, but will allow for greater access to transit.”

The grants are for the following projects:

  • Bay Area Rapid Transit’s (BART) Gateway to Oakland Uptown (GO Uptown) – $6.3 million. This project aims to modernize the 19th Street/Oakland station, including major interior station upgrades, such as new glass fare barriers and new energy-efficient LED lighting, new art features throughout the station and expanded and reconfigured fare gates. Caltrans says the upgrades will “significantly expand station capacity and enhance the passenger experience.” The grant will also implement the 20th Street BART to Lake Merritt Urban Greenway “complete streets” project, which will provide an enhanced multimodal transportation corridor between BART and nearby housing, employment and retail. More information on the project is available here.
  • San Bernardino County’s Redlands Passenger Rail project – $8.7 million. The project is designed to add nine miles of new passenger rails service between the San Bernardino Transit Center and the University of Redlands. Caltrans says the route could provide transportation to 1,600-1,800 passengers a day. The project would also extend the Metrolink Express train to serve the Downtown Redlands Station with limited stop service to and from Los Angeles. More information is available at http://www.redlandsrailproject.org/.
  • City of Live Oak’s Phase I of the Live Oak Streetscape Project – $10 million. The project would provide improvements to the city’s main street, California 99. It involves redesigning a one-mile section of the roadway to add a fourth lane and a two-way turn lane. More details are available here.
  • Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) grade separation in Santa Fe Springs — $15 million. This safety project is designed to separate pedestrians and vehicles from the railroad at the Rosecrans and Marquardt Ave. intersection. More than 45,000 vehicles and 130 trains, cross the area every day, Caltrans says. Metro, California High Speed Rail and Caltrans, in addition to other stakeholders, have partnered on the project’s development. More details are available here.

 

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