Secures $120 Million for San Francisco Bay Area Transportation Projects
DC -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today announced that
she secured $120 million for several key San Francisco Bay Area
transportation projects in the transportation bill that passed the
House of Representatives today by a vote of 357 to 65. The House
bill will now be reconciled with the Senate bill.
brings us a step closer to funding essential upgrades of our transportation
infrastructure to provide for our current and future transit needs,"
Pelosi said. "These projects create jobs and will greatly enhance
the economic and environmental vitality of the entire San Francisco
projects are vital to reducing growing traffic congestion by encouraging
the use of mass transit, protecting our environment by reducing
air pollution and fuel consumption, and easing the flow of commuters,
workers and visitors throughout our city. It will ensure that San
Francisco and the entire Bay Area will keep moving toward the future
in a manner that is convenient and sustainable."
funding for the following San Francisco Bay Area projects:
- $70 million
for seismic retrofit of the Golden Gate Bridge - $10 million in
high priority funding, and $60 million over the next six years
($10 million per year) 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. However, it remains
vulnerable to earthquakes and could fail during an earthquake
of magnitude 7.0 or greater on the nearby San Andreas or Hayward
faults. This construction project, which is well underway, will
retrofit the Golden Gate Bridge to withstand earthquakes up to
- $14 million
for construction of the Transbay Terminal that will provide a
centralized location for bus and rail services that will enhance
transit access for passengers to and from downtown San Francisco.
The current 60-year-old Transbay Terminal is antiquated, seismically
deficient, and does not serve the current or future transit needs
of the Bay Area. This project 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 that will allow riders to travel from the center of
San Francisco to Los Angeles in 2 ½ hours.
million for improvements to Geary Boulevard, one of the most heavily
traveled corridors in San Francisco. Roadway improvements will
provide better conditions for motorists, Muni bus riders, pedestrians,
and bicyclists. The funding will be used for engineering, final
design, and construction.
- $6 million
for replacing Doyle Drive, a 1.5 mile segment of U.S. 101 that
provides the south access to the Golden Gate Bridge and is the
only link from San Francisco to Marin County and all points north.
The Federal Highway Administration has ranked Doyle Drive as the
worst bridge in California, and the California Department of Transportation
may restrict multi-axle vehicles in the coming years. Replacement
of Doyle Drive would maintain a vital transportation corridor,
improve safety on the roadway, and enhance public access to the
- $5 million
for the Illinois Street Intermodal Bridge & Amador Street
Connection and Improvements Project in the Port of San Francisco.
The Bridge would provide a 0.66-mile direct freight rail and vehicle
route across Islais Creek between the Port's largest two cargo
terminals, replacing the current circuitous 3.3-mile route which
is inefficient and slow. These terminals also serve as berthing
facilities for two MARAD ready-reserve vessels which are important
to the nation's security needs.
- $5 million
for a comprehensive system of trails and bikeways for the Golden
Gate National Recreation Area and the Presidio, providing improved
access and recreation to many of the 20 million park visitors
as well as to commuters and residents. Improvements will include
trail and bikeway construction, signage and interpretation, ADA
improvements, and roadway crossing safety improvements.
- $4 million
for San Francisco Muni's NextBus program that will 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 normal 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
has grown to serve more than 2,200 individual, household and business
members sharing 85 vehicles in 35 locations throughout the Bay
Area. Every additional electric, hybrid or gasoline vehicle added
to the CarShare fleet removes six other autos from the Bay Area's
overcrowded streets and highways.
- $2 million
for the Ferry Terminal at Oyster Point in South San Francisco,
from which service will be provided to downtown San Francisco.
bill also authorizes funding in the "New Starts" rail
transit account for the Central Subway, which is part of the Third
Street Light Rail corridor. This two-phase project is San Francisco's
highest transit priority as well as a top priority for the Bay
Area's next generation of regional transit expansion projects.