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Funding approved for Valley transportation projects

Posted By Karen Young On July 27, 2009 @ 11:41 pm In Briefs,News | No Comments

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Congressman Brad Sherman.

Congressman Brad Sherman (Sherman Oaks) announced July 23  that the House of Representatives approved nearly one million dollars in federal appropriations funding for highway-rail grade crossing improvements and construction of a transit center in the San Fernando Valley.

Specifically, the House approved $550,000 for the construction of the Bob Hope Airport Regional Transportation Center and $400,000 for the Metrolink Sealed Corridor Grade Crossing Improvements along the Los Angeles-Ventura Subdivision.

The funding was included as part of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act for the fiscal year 2010, H.R. 3288.  The legislation, which passed the House yesterday evening, requires approval by the U.S. Senate before being sent to the President for his signature.

The Bob Hope Airport Regional Transportation Center, which would receive $550,000 per Sherman’s request, connects the Bob Hope Airport passenger terminals and the adjacent Amtrak/Metrolink Bob Hope Airport Train Station.  The center will provide a hub for local and regional buses, as well as Amtrak bus service.  Promoting the use of mass transit to access the airport has the correlative effects of reducing the impacts of traffic and air pollution.

The Metrolink Sealed Corridor Grade Crossing Improvements project has identified twelve highway-rail crossings needing funding for safety improvements along Metrolink’s Ventura County Line in the west San Fernando Valley.  This project, which received $400,000 in the House bill, will build grade crossing safety improvements including median barriers, gates at crossings, fencing at strategic points, and sidewalks, as well as other enhancements.

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