The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System announced Thursday it has been awarded $41 million from the California gas tax increase and the cap-and-trade program to launch a new Rapid bus route.
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The money will be used for a mix of bus and trolley improvements, including purchase of 11 zero-emissions buses for Rapid 925 — a new high-frequency, limited-stop bus service between Imperial Beach and the Otay Mesa Transit Center.
“This grant funding will help our efforts to maintain a solid state-of-good repair and introduce zero-emissions buses to the market,” said Chief Executive Officer Paul Jablonski. “It will also help us expand the Rapid bus network in the South Bay.”
Other projects include improvements to the America Plaza and Old Town transit complexes and upgrades to trolley tracks in three areas.
The money comes from both Califoris’s cap-and-trade emissions program and the gas tax increase, which will provide $5.4 billion a year, most of which will go to road and bridge repairs. But some $750 million a year is earmarked for mass transit projects.
California Republicans are seeking to repeal the gas tax through a ballot initiative, but local jurisdictions are already announcing plans for improvements based on the new revenue. San Diego County has applied for over $500 million in road and bridge repairs, despite a warning from Supervisor Kristin Gaspar that the funding can’t be counted on.
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