SACRAMENTO, CA - The U.S. House of Representatives passed an appropriations bill Thursday earmarking more than $40 million for Sacramento projects and programs, including $38 million toward city plans to expand light rail service in south Sacramento.
Under House Appropriations Bill 3288, Sacramento will receive $40,055,000 in federal funding through the 2010 fiscal year.
Of the $40 million, a $38 million chunk will be allocated to extending Sacramento Regional Transit's light rail line in south Sacramento from its existing terminus at Meadowview Road to Cosumnes River College.
"The extension of light rail service further into south Sacramento is a great step forward for our city," Congresswoman Doris Matsui, D - Sacramento, said. "With this public transit expansion, we have the opportunity to create hundreds of jobs, create alternative transit options for Sacramento families, reduce traffic, and improve the quality of our air by taking cars off our roads at peak hours."
The project is expected to generate 1,700 construction jobs as well as another 2,000 public transit positions once expansion is completed.
Other projects receiving funding from the bill include $750,000 to relocate and straighten Union Pacific freight and passenger rail tracks through Sacramento; $280,000 toward improving city school attendance and truancy programs; and $100,000 for Sacramento area "cold case" criminal investigations.