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California Distributes $192 Million for More Clean Transit

SACRAMENTO — Today, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that Caltrans approved $192 million in California Climate Investment funds for 136 public transportation projects that will cut pollution and create more affordable transportation options, especially for disadvantaged communities.

What Governor Newsom said: “More clean and affordable transportation is coming to California, cutting pollution and making it easier for folks to get around. These programs are key to our climate goals – building charging stations, getting more EV buses on the roads, and reducing costs for public transit.”

Here are some examples of projects:

  • $52 million to fully electrify public bus routes in a transit corridor in Los Angeles County’s North San Fernando Valley;
  • $2.5 million to install electric vehicle charging equipment and replace 15 diesel buses with EV buses in a San Mateo County low-income community;
  • $9.7 million to build a new fueling station to support 50 hydrogen-powered buses in Orange County – 75% percent of the funding will benefit disadvantaged and low-income neighborhoods;
  • $17.5 million for free transit tickets for low-income seniors, youth and people with disabilities in San Francisco;
  • $1.6 million to add a new bus route through an underserved community in the south Fresno area;
  • $522,292 to install electric chargers and convert a fleet of buses to zero-emissions vehicles in rural Butte County.

Over the last five years, the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) has provided more than $664 million for transportation projects across the state. This year’s highlights include:

  • 31 projects to implement free or reduced fares;
  • 31 projects to offer new expanded/enhanced service;
  • 22 projects to purchase replacement zero-emission vehicles and infrastructure;
  • 16 projects for the purchase, construction and installation of renewable energy/fuel for transit facilities in support of new expanded/enhanced transit service.

For more information about the projects, click here.

LCTOP is funded from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund and is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that allocates billions of cap-and-trade dollars to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen the economy, and improve public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities.

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