The San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor Agency has been awarded $31 million to fund a package of projects aimed at expanding and improving passenger rail service in Southern California. The funding is part of the 2023 Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP), which will provide a total of $2.5 billion to projects across California that reduce greenhouse gas emissions by improving rail and transit services.
The $31 million grant is part of the TIRCP program, funded through Senate Bill (SB) 1 and is an extension of the state’s Cap and Trade program. The TIRCP program is providing a total of $2.5 billion to projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by improving rail and transit services.
LOSSAN Vice Chair’s Reaction:
Jewel Edson, LOSSAN Vice Chair, expressed gratitude for the support from CalSTA and the funding provided through SB 1. “We’re thankful for the support from CalSTA and the funding provided through SB 1, which will help us with much-needed improvements along the LOSSAN corridor,” said Edson. “This investment will allow us to continue expanding and growing our service on the historically second-busiest intercity passenger rail corridor in the nation.”
Expansion and Improvement Plans:
The $31 million grant will fund a number of critical projects along the 351-mile LOSSAN rail corridor, including the Central Coast Layover Facility in San Luis Obispo County and corridor hardening projects in Ventura and Santa Barbara County, which include coastal resiliency and slope stabilization efforts.
More Projects Ahead:
Several other rail and transit agencies in Southern California were also successful in receiving 2023 TIRCP grants for projects aimed at enhancing connectivity for the region. Additional information on the program and a list of awarded projects can be viewed on the CalSTA website at calsta.ca.gov.
The funding for LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency is a significant boost for passenger rail service in Southern California. With the support from CalSTA and the funding provided through SB 1, LOSSAN Rail Agency can now look forward to expanding and improving their service, providing better rail connectivity for the region.
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