Announces the Release of $83.5 Million for Bay Area Transportation
CA - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today announced the release
of substantial funding for three Bay Area transportation projects
from the 2004 Transportation Appropriations bill. These monies will
support the extension of BART to SFO Airport, construction of the
Muni Third Street Light Rail and New Central Subway, and Muni Bus
and Bus Facility Upgrades.
to improve public transportation in the Bay Area, we are demonstrating
our commitment to preserving our environment for our children,"
said Pelosi. "These projects are vital to reducing air pollution
and fuel consumption, and to easing the flow of commuters, workers
and visitors in our City."
are almost $30 million less than the levels appropriated by Congress
in the 2004 Transportation Appropriations Bill because the Republican
Leadership in Congress has refused to pass a highway-transit bill
that will address the transportation and infrastructure needs of
highway bill would create almost a half a million jobs immediately,
protect our homeland, preserve our environment, promote commerce
and improve productivity," said Pelosi. "Instead, the
Republicans are dithering over a feeble bill which will not meet
the needs of the American people and ignores the opportunity for
funding for the following:
- BART to
San Francisco International Airport, $73.9 million: Pelosi and
the Bay Area congressional delegation secured $100 million in
the FY2004 Transportation Appropriations Bill for the extension
of Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) service to the San Francisco
International Airport (SFO). This extension has created new links
among communities and attracted new passengers, and will promote
economic productivity and reduce traffic congestion as well as
air pollution in the Bay Area.
- Muni Third
Street Light Rail and New Central Subway, $6.65 million: Pelosi
secured $9 million in the FY2004 Transportation Appropriations
Bill for Phase II of the San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni)
Third Street Light Rail Transit Extension. Phase I of the project
includes a 19 stop light-rail line that will be completed in 2005
and is funded almost exclusively by state and local sources. Phase
II will extend the rail line underground into San Francisco's
Chinatown District by 2012 through a 1.5-mile subway.
- Muni Bus
and Bus Facility Upgrades, $2.95 million: Pelosi secured $4 million
in the FY2004 Transportation Appropriations Bill for Muni to enhance
efficiency and effectiveness of operations through security and
technology upgrades and alternative fuel bus facilities.