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MTC SET TO ADOPT INNOVATIVE, $214-MILLION PLAN TO SPEND NEW FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION, AIR QUALITY FUNDS

 MTC SET TO ADOPT INNOVATIVE, $214-MILLION PLAN TO SPEND
 NEW FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION, AIR QUALITY FUNDS
 WHAT: A three-year, $214-million plan for tapping new funds made available through 1994 from the federal Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act, or ISTEA, is slated for final adoption as part of the Bay Area's 1993 "Transportation Improvement Program" (TIP).
 In all, 225 projects are recommended for funding. Notable examples include: the purchase of three locomotives for CalTrain; the next carpool lane segment for the Nimitz freeway in Alameda county; TransLink universal fare collection equipment for AC Transit; traffic signal and local arterial improvements throughout the region; rehabilitation of the BART transbay tube; funding to complete San Francisco's Muni Metro turnback; clean fuel buses; transit transfer centers; preliminary engineering for an intermodal freight facility at the Port of Oakland; roving freeway tow-truck patrols; bicycle and pedestrian trails; a childcare center at a San Jose transit hub; a regional Traffic Operations System with changeable message signs and ramp meters to ease traffic congestion; and numerous local street repaving projects.
 WHEN AND WHERE: The action will take place tomorrow, Sept. 23, during the regular monthly meeting of the Metropolitan Transportaton Commission, set to begin at 10:30 a.m. at the BART board room, 800 Madison Street, adjacent to the Lake Merritt BART Station. (The Commission meeting may be delayed, due to a preceding MTC Awards Program, which begins at 8:30 a.m., and a closed session.)
 BACKGROUND: The Bay Area is reportedly one of the first regions in the nation to develop a multimodal priority-setting process to tap these new federal funds. Besides the flexible monies, MTC's Draft 1993 TIP includes previous programming actions of approximately $10.5 billion from other state and federal funding sources.
 MTC is the transportation planning and financing agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.
 NOTE: A list containing projects recommended for funding is available from MTC Public Information, 510-464-7787.
 CONTACT: Ellen Griffin, 510-464-7847, or Catalina Alvarado, 510-464-7783, both of MTC.
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