$10 Million for the New Central Subway
D.C. -- Today, the House Appropriations Committee passed the fiscal
year 2004 Transportation Appropriations bill, which includes funding
for several projects requested by House Democratic Leader Nancy
Pelosi, including the Third Street Light Rail/New Central Subway.
The bill must now be passed by the full House of Representatives.
I am pleased to announce that the Appropriations Committee
has allocated $10 million for the New Central Subway, which will
continue the rail line now under construction along Third Street
all the way to Chinatown, said Pelosi. This vital new
transit line will connect the long-isolated neighborhoods of Bayview/Hunters
Point and Visitacion Valley with the business and cultural centers
of downtown. It will promote commerce and economic development,
improve mobility, and reduce air pollution for all of San Francisco.
obtained funding for the following essential projects:
- BART extension
to the San Francisco International Airport, requested jointly
by the entire Bay Area Congressional Delegation -- $100 million.
retrofits for the Golden Gate Bridge, requested jointly with Rep.
Lynn Woolsey -- $5 million
improvements, alternative fuel buses, and street improvements
for the San Francisco Muni bus system -- $4 million
funding for CALSTART/WestStart projects regarding Rapid Bus Transit,
clean fuels and advanced propulsion systems, requested jointly
with other members -- $3.25 million
- Road work
relating to Phase II of the Third Street Light Rail project --
- A new integrated
radio and wireless data communications system for San Francisco
Muni -- $1.5 million
- New and
improved trails and bikeways in the Presidio -- $1.5 million
City College of San Francisco Transportation Academy, which trains
students for transportation careers with a focus on new environmentally-beneficial
transportation technologies -- $300,000