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Transit & Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP)


FUNDING LEVEL: 10% continuous allocation; $380.6 million through March 2017; 25% of funds must benefit disadvantaged communities
ADMINISTERING AGENCY: California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) and Caltrans
ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: Public agencies, including joint powers agencies, that operate existing or planned regularly scheduled intercity or commuter passenger rail service or urban rail transit service, urban rail transit service or bus or ferry transit service (including commuter bus services and vanpool services)

Program Description

This competitive grant program funds capital improvements that modernize California’s intercity, commuter and urban rail systems and bus and ferry transit systems to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by reducing congestion and vehicle miles traveled. Eligible projects include connectivity improvements to existing/future rail and transit systems, increased service and reliability of intercity and commuter rail and transit, rail integration of ticketing/scheduling systems and bus rapid transit or other GHG reducing transit investments.

Visit the California State Transportation Agency’s TIRCP website for more information.

Successful Project Outcomes

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Expand and improve service expansion to increase transit ridership
  • Increase rail service integration between the state’s various rail operations, including integration with the high-speed rail system
  • Improve transit safety

Funded Projects

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (2015) received $40 million for the Airport Metro Connector 96th Street Station/Metro Green Line Extension to LAX.  The project funds a new transit station to link Los Angeles International Airport’s new people mover to bus service and the Metro Green and Crenshaw Lines. The project goal is to increase ridership and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through infrastructure improvements that increase service frequency and reliability and improve a major transfer station.

The Sacramento Regional Transit District (2015-16) was awarded $30 million for the Downtown/Riverfront Sacramento-West Sacramento Streetcar Project which includes the construction of 16 stations, an operation and maintenance facility and the purchase of six streetcars. The project will serve major destinations in the urban cores of West Sacramento and Sacramento, facilitate transit-oriented infill development in several designated areas along the route and improve transit service and local circulation between the two cities.

Sacramento County and the City of Sacramento are Beacon Communities; follow the links to find out more.

Santa Clara County (2015) - The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) received $20 million for the BART Silicon Valley Phase II Extension Project. The VTA plans to extend the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) Silicon Valley (BSV) service 6.5 miles from the Berryessa Station through downtown San Jose to the City of Santa Clara. The project will provide rail service to increase transit ridership in a high travel demand corridor, improving mobility options to employment, education, entertainment, medical and retail centers in the corridor.

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