Federal funding allows projects to stay on track, expand connections, and deliver major benefits to communities.
This month, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program awarded $23 million to support the SFMTA’s Folsom-Howard Streetscape Improvement Project. The Transportation Authority is also supporting the project through funding from the Neighborhood Program. This investment will improve safety on a high-injury corridor, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and support San Francisco’s transformative vision for SoMa as a regional hub. Together with parallel improvements on Folsom Street, the Howard Streetscape project will improve mobility for visitors and residents, including safer neighborhood access via transit, walking, and biking through this busy area. We join SFMTA in thanking Speaker Pelosi, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, and the U.S. Department of Transportation for their leadership in advancing this funding.
Earlier this month, the Senate released its Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development appropriations bill that included funding directed to community-based projects. The bill included $10 million for Caltrain Electrification, which is currently underway and slated for completion in 2024. This will be California’s first electrified commuter rail system, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, eliminate the particulate matter caused by the aging diesel engines, and help Caltrain meet its goal of tripling capacity by 2040.
The Senate bill also included $2.2 million for the Transportation Authority’s Yerba Buena Island West Side Bridges Retrofit project. The West Side Bridges project will improve seismic safety and rehabilitation for a series of bridge structures that comprise the ramp system connecting Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
The Transportation Authority joins Caltrain in thanking Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla for their leadership and continued support to secure funding for these projects and for transportation infrastructure throughout the Bay Area and California. We are hopeful these investments will be included in the final version of the bill as part of the federal budget for the next fiscal year.
Press Release: San Francisco Receives $23 Million Federal Grant for Safer Streets (SF Mayor’s Office)
Folsom-Howard Streetscape Project (SFMTA)
Press Release: Padilla Secures Over $32 Million for Transportation Infrastructure and Supportive Housing Projects in Senate Appropriations Bill (Alex Padilla)