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MTC SEEKS STATE FUNDING FOR REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS

 MTC SEEKS STATE FUNDING FOR REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS
 OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Commissioners of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and other Bay Area officials will lay out the region's transit and highway needs to the California Transportation Commission (CTC) at a public hearing being held tomorrow in Sacramento. MTC's presentation is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. in Room 4202 in the state Capitol.
 Heading the delegation will be Robert Schroder, chair of MTC's Work Program Committee. He noted that the recently passed federal surface transportation reauthorization act has put "a new emphasis on solving urban congestion problems, flexible funding programs and local decision-making." The CTC's current effort to develop a list of transportation priorities is the first test of the state's commitment to meeting those goals, Schroder said.
 Schroder pointed out that all but a few of the projects on the priority list are "transportation control measures" designed to accelerate compliance with federal and state clean air legislation. "MTC adopted a program that balances mobility and air quality concerns," he said. In line with this policy, half of the list is devoted to transit.
 Among the transit projects, one of the most important is the BART Warm Springs extension, for which $50 million is being sought. On the highway side, completion of the Interstate network would entail $48 million in funding for high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) lanes in Interstate 80 in Contra Costa County. In addition, $40 million would help fund HOV lanes on Interstate 880 in Alameda County and, in Santa Clara County, $33.2 million would go toward improving the Interstate 880/Highway 237 interchange.
 About a dozen members of the Bay Area state legislative delegation are expected to testify on behalf of MTC's transportation funding proposal at a special CTC legislative hearing today.
 It is anticipated that the CTC will make a final decision in March as to which projects will be included in the State Transportation Improvement Program, California's mass transit and highway construction blue print for the next seven years. Copies of MTC's priority list are available from the MTC-ABAG Library, 510-464-7836.
 MTC is the regional transportation planning and financing agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.
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 /CONTACT: Catalina Alvarado, 510-464-7783, or Reka Goode, 510-464-7706, both of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission/ CO: Metropolitan Transportation Commission ST: California IN: TRN SU:


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