SACRAMENTO – A year ago, landmark federal legislation ushered in a new era in infrastructure investment, sending billions of dollars into California and committing thousands to transformative upgrades to improve the sustainability and resilience of the state’s power, water, broadband and transportation systems .
“We’re rebuilding California and creating thousands of good-paying jobs in the process. This goes well beyond roads and bridges — it’s about investing in our communities and our families, giving hard-working Californians a chance and making sure we stay on the cutting edge,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said.
President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act — also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law — into law on November 15, 2021, sending California more than $16.3 billion in federal infrastructure funds. This includes $14 billion to upgrade the state’s roads, bridges, rails, public transportation, airports, EV charging network, ports and waterways.
The inflow of federal funds comes on top of an unprecedented $47 billion multi-year infrastructure package in California’s state budget to accelerate the transition to zero-emission vehicles, boost energy innovation and reliability, improve broadband access, reduce wildfire risk for communities to reduce and support drought resilience and response. These record investments by the state and federal government have already created more than 17,000 jobs.
The state budget package includes $15 billion for transportation improvements leveraging federal funds with record state investments in transit and intercity rail projects, safe walking and cycling opportunities, and upgrades to the state’s thriving supply chain.
“This represents California’s greatest opportunity to accelerate our transition to a cleaner, safer, more connected and equitable transportation system,” said Toks Omishakin, secretary of the California State Transportation Agency. “Thanks to Governor Gavin Newsom, President Biden and our state legislature and congressional delegations, we are in an unprecedented position to maximize these historic investments in state and federal infrastructure and improve mobility options for every Californian.”
Based on guaranteed formula funding alone, California expects to receive nearly $42 billion for transportation infrastructure over the five years of the federal infrastructure act — with the possibility of receiving billions more through competitive grants. Last year, California received $1.27 billion in federal grants for 219 transportation-related projects, directly benefiting 46 counties and seven tribes. Among the notable scholarship awards:
- $150 million for the Otay Mesa East Port of Entry project on the San Diego-Tijuana border.
- $104.1 million for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) to purchase up to 160 new battery electric buses and chargers.
- $36.6 million for the Port of Oakland to build a 25-acre off-dock container support facility with battery storage and charging stations.
- $25 million for the California High-Speed Rail Authority to advance the project beyond the 119 miles under construction and into downtown Merced.
- $20 million for the Port of Los Angeles to construct a railroad-road separation that will remove a significant barrier to truck access to a key container terminal support facility on Terminal Island in the center of the Port of Los Angeles-Long Beach .
In addition, the Hoopa Valley Tribal Council and Yurok Telecommunications Corp. through the Infrastructure Act’s Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program, a total of $126.8 million for high-speed Internet infrastructure deployment projects.
Additional government grants will become available in the coming months, including the first grants for the Reconnecting Communities pilot program, which will provide $1 billion over five years to neighborhoods previously cut off from economic opportunities by transportation infrastructure. In a sign of the unique alignment of state policy and investment priorities, California’s transportation infrastructure package includes a $150 million parallel pilot project from highways to boulevards to expand the federal program.
To provide Californians with the latest news and information on state and federal infrastructure investments, Caltrans added data to RebuildingCA.ca.gov — the website that tracks the progress of Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 to contain the increased federal investment funding. Site visitors can learn more about the various federal infrastructure programs, track the amount of funding California receives, and locate projects on an updated interactive map.