Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), a senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, announced Wednesday a $63.7 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration for the construction this year of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) District extension to the San Francisco International Airport (SFO).
"Funding for this project comes with the support of the entire San Francisco Bay Area Delegation, which has demonstrated strong support for this key initiative," Pelosi said. "This grant will help us toward our goal of reducing traffic congestion, encouraging the use of alternative travel and making our community more livable."
The announcement comes on the heels of a recent decision by the House Appropriations Committee, also at Pelosiís request, to grant another $80 million in funding in FY2001 for work on the ongoing BART/SFO project.
BART, the largest regional rail system in Northern California, is preparing to meet the demands of the seventh busiest airport in the world with the expectation that completed service will provide 70,000 trips per day by the year 2010.