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Transportation agency gets state grant

The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority has received $18.8 million in state funding that will help pay for the West Valley Connector Bus Rapid Transit program.

Announced recently by Gov. Gavin Newsom, the grant is part of more than $1.3 billion in state funding that will help pay for capital and rail transit projects in Southern California, according to a statement.

The money is from the California State Transportation Agency. That agency has awarded $2.5 billion to 16 existing projects statewide, including eight in Southern California.

Sacramento has now contributed nearly $34 million to the West Valley Connector Bus Rapid Transit, which is scheduled to begin operating next year.

It will be the first stage of the county’s conversion to zero-emission buses.

Phase One will cover 19 miles and will upgrade a portion of Route 61, which runs along Holt Boulevard. Those upgrades will include installing 3.5 miles as bus-only lanes down the center of the highway, according to the transportation authority’s website.


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