Funds from the California Transportation Commission
San Diego County CA— In January, as part of the first round of Local Partnership Program formula funds under Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), a major state transportation funding program, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) awarded $173.4 million to 57 projects statewide, including several San Diego regional high-priority rail projects along the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) corridor.
The CTC awarded a total of $18.9 million to several SANDAG projects, including:
- $10.72 million for the Batiquitos Lagoon Double Track Project
- $3.5 million for the San Dieguito Double Track Project
- $2 million for the North Oceanside Double Track Project
- $1.72 million for the Sorrento to Miramar: Phase 2 Project
- $1 million for a signal respacing and optimization project
The improvements will help to replace aging rail bridges and add several miles of second mainline rail track along the LOSSAN corridor. They are part of a multi-modal strategy to improve the movement of people and goods through the congested I-5 North Coast Corridor, as well as enhance environmental protection, restore lagoons, and improve coastal access.
SB 1 provides a continuous appropriation of $200 million annually to the Local Partnership Program to fund road maintenance and rehabilitation, as well as other transportation improvement projects. These funds are distributed through a 50 percent statewide competitive component and a 50 percent formula component. The $18.9 million in formula funds recently awarded to SANDAG is expected to be allocated by the CTC in June.
Competitive awards are expected to be announced by the CTC at its meeting in May.
The Local Partnership Program is one of five programs funding through SB 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. Over the next decade, more than $54 billion will be invested to fix roads, freeways, and bridges throughout California.
The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is the San Diego region’s primary public planning, transportation, and research agency, providing the public forum for regional policy decisions about growth, transportation planning and construction, environmental management, housing, open space, energy, public safety, and binational topics. SANDAG is governed by a Board of Directors composed of mayors, council members, and supervisors from each of the region’s 18 cities and the county government.