Bera secures $19 Million for Sacramento County transportation projects in proposed legislation

Today Rep. Ami Bera announced that a transportation bill that passed a committee hearing included $19 million for several transportation projects in California's 7th Congressional District.

The bill, HR 3684Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation (INVEST) in America Act - was approved today by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The legislation, which now advances to the full house for a June 28 vote, seeks to reauthorize $547 billion in surface transportation, transit, rail, and safety programs over five years.  

“Improving our region’s infrastructure is critical to our public safety and creating good-paying jobs,” Bera said in a statement released today. “That’s why I am proud to have advocated for and secured the inclusion of $19 million in the Invest in America Act to support vital transportation projects in the Sacramento region. I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to ensure this funding is signed into law.”

According to Bloomberg Government, House Republicans largely objected to the legislation claiming it contained controversial Green New Deal climate initiatives. If the legislation makes its way out of the House, where the vote is expected to be along party lines, it will face four Senate committees where Democrats maintain a fragile majority. 

If the legislation and its appropriations are signed into law as it exists today, the following projects have been identified for federal funding. 

Project Name: Capital SouthEast Connector - Segment D3 Class 1 Multi-Use Path and Broadband Project

Project Sponsor: Capital SouthEast Connector Joint Powers Authority

Project Location: Folsom, CA 95630

Requested Amount: $2,000,000

Description: Funding would support the construction of smart corridor broadband infrastructure and a new Class 1 Multi-Use trail

Project Name: Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail (formerly Electric Greenway Trail)

Project Sponsor: City of Citrus Heights

Project Location: Citrus Heights and Orangevale

Requested Amount: $1,100,000        

Description: Funding would be used to help construct a 3-mile multi-use trail in Citrus Heights and Orangevale.

Project Name: Old Town Streetscape Phase 2 Project

Project Sponsor: City of Elk Grove

Project Location: Elk Grove

Requested Amount: $2,000,000

Description: Funding would support streetscape and infrastructure improvements on a portion of Elk Grove Boulevard in Old Town Elk Grove

Project Name: White Rock Road - 0.5 Miles East of Rancho Cordova Parkway to the Easterly City Limits

Project Sponsor: City of Rancho Cordova

Project Location: Rancho Cordova

Requested Amount: $12,307,000

Description: Funding would support the replacement of the existing two‐lane undivided portion of White Rock Road with a new four-lane road with class II bicycle lanes.

Project Name: Gold Line Light Rail Low Floor Station Conversion

Project Sponsor: Sacramento Regional Transit District

Project Location: Historic Folsom Station, Folsom and Mather Field Station,  Rancho Cordova 

Requested Amount: $1,913,788

Description: Funding would help convert and upgrade 2 Gold Line light rail stations (Mather Field and Historic Folsom) to accommodate new low-floor light rail vehicles and improve accessibility.

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