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SECRETARY PENA ANNOUNCES $76.2 MILLION IN FEDERAL AID FOR CALIFORNIA TRANSIT PROGRAMS

 WASHINGTON, July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Communities throughout California got good news for their transit systems, including San Francisco's trolleys and cable cars and Santa Barbara's alternative fuel vehicles, when Secretary of Transportation Federico Pena today announced that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) intends to award $76.2 million in federal grants for public transit in 18 California communities and to the California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS).
 The funds are part of 279 grants totaling $627.4 million in FTA assistance for public transit in 49 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.
 Three grants totaling $27.4 million will go to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission for the purchase of 60 trolley buses, cable car hatch covers and other capital costs. The funds will also be used for cable car rehabilitation, bus replacement and operating expenses.
 The Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District will receive a grant of $1.9 million for the purchase of two battery-powered electric shuttles and the conversion of five paratransit vans to clean-burning compressed natural gas and to pay operating costs.
 "This administration is committed to supporting our nation's public transit programs," Pena said. "Clean, safe, and efficient public transportation is a lifeline that connects working men and women to meaningful job opportunities, brings customers to large and small businesses, and provides access to those with special needs."
 The Sacramento Regional Transit District will receive a grant for $13.9 million for miscellaneous capital projects and operating expenses. An FTA grant in the amount of $7.5 million will support CALTRANS in its state planning and research and metropolitan planning programs.
 The FTA, an agency of the Department of Transportation, said the following California communities will also receive grants for their transit programs: Chico Area Transit -- $249,500; the city of Merced -- $578,917; Monterey County -- $96,000; the city of Santa Clarita -- $770,000; the city of Torrance -- $1 million; and the city of Modesto -- $2.4 million.
 Also receiving assistance are the following: the city of Napa -- $1.5 million; the city of Vallejo -- $5.9 million; the city of Fairfield -- $521,218; the city of Davis -- $649,625; Monterey-Salinas Transit -- $2.9 million; the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District -- $1.2 million; the city of Laguna Beach --$250,000; the city of Commerce -- $3.5 million; the Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District -- $1.9 million; and the city of Fresno -- $1.7 million.
 -0- 7/1/93
 /CONTACT: Richard Centner of the U.S. Department of Transportation, 202-366-4043/


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