Pelosi Secures Funds for San Francisco Bay Area Transportation Projects

Mar 10, 2005
Press Release

Pelosi Secures Funds for San Francisco Bay Area Transportation Projects

March 10, 2005

Washington, D.C. - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today announced $72 million for several key San Francisco Bay Area transportation projects in addition to continued funding for the seismic retrofit of the Golden Gate Bridge. The transportation bill approving* the funds passed the House of Representatives today by a vote of 417 to 9. The Senate has not yet passed its version of the bill.

"These projects will provide jobs for San Franciscans and grow our local economy, as well as make significant infrastructure improvements," Pelosi said. "This funding will also improve our quality of life by reducing air pollution, fuel consumption, and congestion in the San Francisco Bay Area."

Pelosi secured funding for the following San Francisco Bay Area projects:

  • $14 million for construction of the Transbay Terminal to provide centralized bus and rail services for passengers to and from downtown San Francisco. The 60-year-old Transbay Terminal is seismically deficient and does not serve the transit needs of the Bay Area. This project will replace the existing terminal and will include bus ramps to and from the Bay Bridge; a 1.3-mile extension of Caltrain's Commuter Rail system to the new Terminal; and access to the proposed high-speed rail system which will allow riders to travel from central San Francisco to Los Angeles in two and a half hours.
  • $11 million in high-priority funding for the seismic retrofit of the Golden Gate Bridge, plus $10 million per year for fiscal years 2004-2009 to preserve this beloved national landmark. The Golden Gate Bridge is a critical transportation link in the San Francisco Bay Area that carries 42 million vehicles and is visited by more than 10 million people annually. This ongoing construction project will retrofit the Golden Gate Bridge to withstand earthquakes up to magnitude 8.3.
  • $10 million to replace the aging South Access to the Golden Gate Bridge-Doyle Drive. Doyle Drive is a 1 ½ mile segment of U.S. 101 that traverses the Presidio of San Francisco in a series of viaducts. The Federal Highway Administration ranked Doyle Drive the worst bridge in California. Replacement of Doyle Drive will maintain a vital transportation corridor, improve safety on the roadway, and enhance public access to the Presidio.
  • $8 million for the San Francisco Street Improvements Program to improve major arterials, repair public safety hazards, and promote alternative transportation. Funds will primarily be used to improve the following San Francisco streets: Junipero Serra, Monterey, Geneva, and 6th Streets from the Highway 280 ramps; Duboce Avenue (from the Highway 80 ramps); Cesar Chavez, and Alemany Blvd, from the Highway 101 and 280 ramps.
  • $7 million for improvements to the Van Ness Corridor to replace and upgrade the failing traffic signals along the Van Ness Avenue corridor (US Route 101).
  • $6 million for trails and bikeways for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the Presidio, improving access and recreation for many of the 20 million park visitors as well as commuters and residents.
  • $6 million for construction of the San Francisco Muni Islais Creek Maintenance Facility to replace the Kirkland Motor Coach Division. The Islais Creek yard will be located on 5.32 acres of City-owned land between Cesar Chavez Street, Indiana Street, I-280, and Islais Creek. Muni?s alternative fuel vehicles will be stored, operated and maintained at the Islais Creek facility. Improvements will enhance the existing facilities for operations, maintenance, administration, fuel and wash.
  • $4 million for the Illinois Street Intermodal Bridge and Amador Street Connection and Improvements project. The Illinois Street Intermodal Bridge will provide a more direct freight rail and vehicle route across Islais Creek between the Port?s cargo terminals. The extension and improvement of Amador Street would provide an alternate industrial access route to the Pier 94-96 facility and provide access to an important adjacent economic development opportunity area.
  • $3 million for San Francisco Muni's NextBus program to provide precise, real-time arrival information for Muni vehicles at destinations throughout the city. Passengers and transit managers will be able to access this information via the Internet, hand-held cellular devices and illuminated shelter signs. NextBus will reduce unnecessary waiting, provide vehicle on-time performance data to Muni management, and help operations managers restore service during disruptions.
  • $2 million for City CarShare, a non-profit organization that provides cars to members on an as-needed basis, to expand service to low-income communities. Car-sharing allows members to pay only for the time they use the car and the miles they drive, thereby saving thousands of dollars annually over the cost of owning a car. City CarShare serves more than 2,200 individuals, households and business members sharing 85 vehicles in 35 locations throughout the Bay Area.
  • $1 million for the Ferry Terminal at Oyster Point in South San Francisco, providing service to downtown San Francisco.

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