SBCTA Secures $34.5 Million in State Grant Funds

February 6, 2023

On February 1, 2023, the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) announced the recipients for the sixth cycle of the Transit and Interctiy Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) funding grants. More than $2.5 billion was awarded to 16 ongoing public transportation projects in the first wave of a historic infusion of state funding to expand transit and passenger rail service throughout the state, helping to cut planet-warming pollution.

Two SBCTA projects received grants. A $15.772 million award for the Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) to Zero-Emission Multiple Unit project to fully fund the introduction of zero-emission multiple unit trains on the Redlands Passenger Rail project, which begins testing in Fall 2023 and revenue service expected in 2024. Additionally, SBCTA received $18.778 million for the West Valley Connector (WVC) Bus Rapid Transit Phase 1 & Zero Emission Bus Initiative. The West Valley Connector project will introduce a new 19-mile bus rapid transit system to West San Bernardino Valley, connecting Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario International Airport, Ontario, Montclair and Pomona. WVC will also provide connectivity to two Metrolink lines (San Bernardino and Riverside) and major activity centers along the route including Ontario Mills and Victoria Gardens.

The projects received funding in previous TIRCP cycles and the additional resources will help fill funding gaps to complete the projects. SBCTA is honored to receive this critical funding that recognizes these innovative transit projects in San Bernardino County.

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