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    Rep. Carbajal Announces Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Delivering $1,000,000 to Improve Central Coast Passenger Rail Options

    Program created by landmark infrastructure law is delivering funds to support improvements to Amtrak Surfliner corridor and further development of new service between San Luis Obispo and San Jose

    Congressman Salud Carbajal (CA-24) announced $1,000,000 in investments from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to support improved passenger rail options for Central Coast residents through a federal rail program created by his work on the landmark 2021 law.

    The federal investments will support efforts to expand and improve the Pacific Surfliner corridor through the Central Coast down to San Diego, and help explore new service options between San Luis Obispo and San Jose.

    “Expanding passenger rail options for traveling the Central Coast will not only give our communities better ways to travel our region, but it will continue to bring new visitors to our local economies without additional traffic and with a lower carbon footprint. That’s a win-win for us all,” said Rep. Carbajal“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law was the largest investment in passenger rail since the creation of Amtrak, and I’m proud to see another large investment from our landmark law that I helped write coming to the Central Coast to continue the revitalization of our region.”

    The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which was passed by Rep. Carbajal and his colleagues in November 2021, authorized the creation of a new rail program to support development of improved intercity passenger rail.

    The Corridor Identification and Development (Corridor ID) Program is awarding the California Department of Transportation:

    • $500,000 for the Central Coast Corridor project, aimed at providing new service over a route currently only served by Amtrak’s long-distance Coast Starlight between San Jose and San Luis Obispo, CA.
    • $500,000 for the Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor, aimed at enhancing the existing Pacific Surfliner between San Luis Obispo to San Diego, with a proposed extension south to San Ysidro, CA. The proposed project would also include new frequencies and improvements to reliability.

    The awards announced today through the Federal Railroad Administration provides funds to help the California Department of Transportation’s early planning and development of these rail improvement projects.

    Earlier this week, Congressman Salud Carbajal announced a $8,000,000 grant funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to reduce vehicle collisions with Central Coast wildlife by connecting the habitat on either side of U.S. Highway 101 through the Gaviota Pass.

    To date, the Central Coast has received over $550 million for more than 100 projects, including:

    A map of some of the investments funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law can be found at Invest.gov.

    Since its passage in 2021, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has already delivered nearly $400 billion in federal funding for more than 40,000 projects across the country. The law has awarded $22.5 billion to more than 1,000 projects in California.

    Through his role as a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Congressman Carbajal helped write and pass the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law over the course of 2021.

    Rep. Salud Carbajal
    Rep. Salud Carbajalhttps://carbajal.house.gov/
    Congressman Salud Carbajal represents the 24th Congressional District of California. The District includes the entirety of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, and a portion of Ventura County. Salud sits on the House Committee on Armed Services, the House Committee on Agriculture, and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, where he was elected to serve as the Vice Chair.


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