Washington, D.C. -- The House Appropriations Committee today approved more
than $113.75 million in federal funding for Bay Area transportation projects
that will promote economic development and reduce fuel consumption, traffic
congestion and pollution.
Public transportation is an investment in the future -- the future of our city and the future of our earth, said House Democratic Whip Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). This funding will ensure that San Francisco and the entire Bay Area will keep moving toward that future in a manner that is convenient and sustainable.
Under the Appropriations Committees transportation bill for fiscal year 2003, San Francisco would receive $2.75 million to launch the engineering studies necessary to plan for construction of the Central Subway, which is Phase II of the Third Street Light Rail Project. This new system will connect San Franciscos downtown civic business and cultural center to long-isolated neighborhoods, including Bayview Hunters Point.
The bill provides $100 million for the extension of the 95-mile Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART) to San Francisco International Airport. Starting in January, BART passengers from all around the Bay Area will be able to travel directly to SFO, the fifth-busiest airport in the country. The project will also establish a connection between BART and the 77-mile Caltrain commuter rail system.
Pelosi also helped win $250,000 for initial funding of the Silicon Valley Rapid Transit Corridor Project, which will provide a 16.3-mile extension of BART to San Jose, linking thousands of daily commuters to their jobs in Silicon Valley.
The Appropriations Committees bill must still be approved by the full House and then reconciled with the Senate version of the Fiscal Year 2003 appropriations bill for transportation.
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