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Rep. Roybal-Allard Delivers $18.9M in Federal Funding for CA-40 Transportation Infrastructure Projects

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Washington, June 7, 2021 | Benjamin Bryant ((202) 309-2383) | comments

WASHINGTON, DC. U.S. Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) today announced a total of $18.9 million in federal funding for six transportation infrastructure projects in California’s 40th Congressional District. The funding for the projects is part of the INVEST in America Act, a five-year, $547-billion surface transportation reauthorization bill introduced last week in the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. The INVEST in America Act provides the core legislative text of the Biden Administration’s American Jobs Plan and includes $343 billion for roads, bridges and safety, $109 billion for transit, and $95 billion for passenger and freight rail. Rep. Roybal-Allard previously submitted requests to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to include funding for the projects in the transportation reauthorization bill.

The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee released an updated version of the bill today that includes Member-requested projects.

“I’m thrilled to announce that these six important projects will receive millions of dollars in federal funding as part of the INVEST in America Act,” said Rep. Roybal-Allard. “Investing in our local transportation and infrastructure is a critical step toward ensuring that our communities can thrive, which is why I worked for the inclusion of these projects in the transportation reauthorization bill. I thank my colleagues on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for accepting my submissions and I look forward to seeing these projects improve and modernize transportation options for my constituents and millions of Californians.”

Thanks to Rep. Roybal-Allard’s efforts, federal funding is being allocated to the following projects:

Atlantic Avenue Improvements (Los Angeles, CA): 5.2 million:

Atlantic Avenue is a principal north-south arterial corridor that conveys approximately 28,000 vehicles per day and provides immediate access to the I-5 Freeway for the City of Bell and neighboring cities. The project funding would primarily benefit the City of Bell and its approximately 36,000 residents, as well as those passing through or visiting the city.

Cudahy Citywide Complete Streets Improvement Project (Cudahy, CA): 1.7 million

The Cudahy Citywide Complete Streets Improvement Project focuses on the Atlantic Avenue Corridor and citywide multimodal transportation improvements for the first/ last mile. The proposed project will create a more attractive, livable, and pedestrian and bike friendly environment that operates effectively and for all modes of transportation along the Atlantic Corridor.

Florence A Line FLM Improvements (Los Angeles, CA): 4 million

This project is part of a larger effort to implement First Last Mile (FLM) improvements along the Metro A-Line light rail system (formerly known as the Blue Line). FLM improvements are based upon proposed improvements in Metro’s Blue Line First/Last Mile Plan: A Community-Based Process and Plan (FLM Plan), which was finalized in March 2018. The project will help transform the Florence-Firestone from an auto-oriented area to a calmer neighborhood with less disruptive traffic. Community members will benefit from improved pedestrian connections to local/regional destinations and connections to regional rail and bus systems. Examples of improvements include wayfinding signage, crosswalk improvements, improved transit shelters and curb extensions. These improvements will encourage active modes of transportation and the use of public transit.

New Transit Maintenance Facility (Commerce, CA): 2 million

The City of Commerce's existing Transportation Maintenance Facility (TMF) does not have enough bus maintenance bays, bus and employee parking, or sufficient space to support a modernized electric fleet. A new TMF is needed to accommodate the city's transit system's existing and future maintenance, operations, and administrative functions.

Slauson Avenue Congestion (Huntington Park, CA): 1 million

The project will provide 3 lanes of travel on westbound Slauson Avenue (which currently has two lanes in each direction). Currently, the additional driving lanes, “third lane,” utilize the parking lane during peak hours only. Westbound parking restriction during the AM peak hours and eastbound parking during the PM peak hours. The funding will support an increase the left turn pocket lengths in all directions, and the relocation of bus stops to the “far-side” of intersections for operations improvements. It will also fund upgrades at signalized intersections for installation and implementation of the County’s Traffic Signal Synchronization Program. This will include new signal poles, conduit, wiring, and controller cabinets with video detection.

West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor (Los Angeles, CA) 5 million

The WSAB Project is a 19-mile Light Rail Transit (LRT) line that will connect southeast LA County to downtown Los Angeles, traversing a highly populated area with high numbers of low-income and heavily transit-dependent residents. The project is expected to provide a direct connection to the Metro Green Line, Metro Blue Line, and the LA County regional transit network.

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