US Senator Padilla raises over $ 34 million for transportation infrastructure and supporting housing projects for California in the Senate budget – with $ 10 million for the COASTER aerial tramway corridor stabilization project in San Diego County

Details Last updated: Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 5:54 am Published: Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 5:54 am

Oct. 19, 2021 – WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-California) announced that he had raised over $ 34 million in federal funding for 15 projects across California in the United States Official portrait of the Senator by Alex PadillaSenate bill to grant funds for transport, housing and urban development. The bill was released today by the Senate Budget Committee and will now be voted on with its counterpart in the House of Representatives before final approval.

“I’m proud to help fund major California transportation projects and community organizations that help our state fight homelessness.” said Senator Padilla.“Modernizing our transportation infrastructure will strengthen our economy, improve our environment, and provide Californians with more transit options. And while we continue to grapple with the housing crisis, we need to keep Californians in their homes and provide supportive housing services to the people who need them most. “

California Projects Included in Senate Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Bill:

  • $ 10 million for that COASTER Commuter Rail Corridor Stabilization Project in San Diego County
    This project would help protect the San Diego portion of the COASTER subway line from the erosion of the Del Mar Bluffs. Along a 1.6 mile stretch of Del Mar Bluffs, the rail line is just feet from the coast and sits on fragile cliffs that are eroded annually and episodically.
  • $ 5 million for the East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Transit Corridor Project
    This project would provide improved transit service along the busy Van Nuys Boulevard and San Fernando Road corridors serving the eastern San Fernando Valley by building and connecting Metro and Metrolink stations.
  • $ 5 million for the Inglewood Transit Connector project
    This project would provide residents and visitors with a state-of-the-art elevated railway connecting the Crenshaw / LAX metro line directly to destinations in Inglewood City, including the Forum, SoFi Stadium in Hollywood Park and the future Inglewood Basketball and Entertainment Center.
  • $ 3.5 million for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project
    The Sepulveda Transit Corridor project aims to improve the speed, frequency, capacity and reliability of the transit service between the high concentration of households in the San Fernando Valley and the main employment and activity centers on the Westside. This is part of a larger, future project to extend the corridor further south to LAX.
  • $ 2 million for the 7th Street Connection Project in Oakland
    This project aims to improve the connectivity of pedestrians, bicycles, vehicles and public transportation between West Oakland, Downtown Oakland and the Oakland Waterfront. The project will build protected cycle paths, expand and illuminate sidewalks with lights and accessible ramps, improve zebra crossings, and install and modify traffic lights to improve traffic and safety.
  • $ 2 million for a homeless youth hostel campus in Monterey County
    This project would fund a homeless youth hostel campus that would include emergency shelters and temporary housing for youth between 18 and 24 years of age.
  • $ 2 million for the Fresno Yosemite Airport Terminal Expansion and Security Improvement Project
    This project would modernize Fresno Yosemite Airport with two new raised dual-use arrival and departure gates (domestic and international), a new federal checkpoint, new baggage facilities, an expanded and modernized TSA passenger security checkpoint, a new and rehabilitated airport and airline support Areas and additional concession areas. Passenger safety is increased by the elimination of deplaning activities on the ground via new passenger boarding bridges.
  • $ 1 million for Pathway Torrance, a community resource and response center
    This project would upgrade an unused former community health facility in Pathway Torrance. This particular community health facility would provide programmatic and specialized support, city paramedics, emergency training, and education to area residents, students, and those at risk of or affected by homelessness.
  • $ 1 million for Long Beach transition to zero-emission buses
    This funding would support the purchase of battery-electric or fuel-cell electric buses to help Long Beach convert its aging bus fleet to zero-emission technology.
  • $ 665,000 for the Southwest Fresno Community Food Hub
    This funding would support the City of Fresno’s St. Rest + Food to Share Hub project, which leads to the annual recovery of over 1 million pounds of nutritious food that would otherwise be wasted and distributed to underserved and disadvantaged families.
  • $ 500,000 for the SOMOS Mayfair Community Center in San Jose
    This funding would support the construction, equipment and program services for SOMOS Mayfair’s new community center in East San José. This community center will provide housing services, early intervention and youth development programs, and programs and access to services for community residents, including extremely low-income families, vulnerable youth and former people without housing.
  • $ 500,000 for a transitional housing project in the city of Alameda
    These funds would be used to provide year-round temporary shelter to unprotected individuals or families around the clock until they are offered safe permanent shelter.
  • $ 500,000 for the San Gabriel Valley Regional Housing Trust
    This funding would help initiate the construction of critical housing and shelters in the San Gabriel Valley Regional Housing Trust’s affordable housing project pipeline.
  • $ 480,000 for Southern California Highways to Boulevards Regional Study
    This would fund a study to identify and evaluate urban highways in Southern California to convert to urban highways or to cover existing rights of way, especially those that intersect with environmental justice areas and disadvantaged communities. These conversions would free up additional space for affordable living space or green spaces.
  • $ 250,000 for the California Homeless Youth Service Center Covenant House in Oakland
    This funding would help complete a new youth homeless center in Oakland that would provide shelter and support services to help young people find their way into safe and stable situations.

A full summary of the Senate’s Bill on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Grants can be found here.
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