Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), today, announced that he has helped secure committee inclusion of five regional transportation projects brought forward by local government agencies in Avalon, Garden Grove, Long Beach, and Los Angeles County. The projects, worth more than $24 million in total, have been approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T&I) for inclusion in major transportation legislation currently being considered by the House. These projects can deliver critical resources to underserved communities, increase public safety, increase access for people with disabilities and improve mobility.
“I am pleased to see that these five projects, which will improve the lives of people across the 47th District, have been selected by the T&I Committee,” Congressman Lowenthal said. “I was proud to advocate for them on behalf of my constituents. These projects will help rebuild and improve our roads, infrastructure and transit systems while creating good-paying jobs, promoting disability access, and keeping our streets safer for everyone.
The $547 billion surface transportation reauthorization legislation, the INVEST in America Act, is currently being worked on in the T&I Committee and is aimed at modernizing infrastructure nationwide and building on the efforts of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, which passed the House with Congressman Lowenthal’s support last Congress. The new surface transportation legislation is expected to be voted on in the House later this month.
During the surface transportation reauthorization process, each Member of Congress was provided an opportunity to submit regionally significant projects for consideration for the surface transportation reauthorization, which will be funded through the Highway Trust Fund. Nationwide, 1,473 projects worth more than $5.6 billion were selected by the committee. These projects are separate from the appropriations process and from a program allowing Members to recommend community projects submitted by district organizations and local government entities.
As part of the transportation project submittal process, House Members, including Congressman Lowenthal, were required to certify that neither they nor their immediate family have a financial interest in the requests made to the Committee.
The selected projects from the 47th District (and the entity submitting the project) include:
$6.7M – Cabrillo Mole Phase II
Requested by: City of Avalon — The project will transform the existing Cabrillo Mole Ferry Terminal facility in Avalon into a modern, multi-modal transportation hub that will facilitate travel to all parts of Santa Catalina Island, with additional critical improvements including the floats and float ramps, to enhance and expand capacity, bring them up to ADA-compliance and federal and state code, enhanced amenities to adequately and safely support cruise ship tenders, cross-channel pubic ferries, and visitor and resident needs, enhanced ADA-compliance for surrounding supportive facilities, and enhanced multi-modal transportation and recreation support.
$400k – Chapman Avenue/Lamplighter Street Traffic Signal
Requested by: City of Garden Grove – The project will construct a new traffic signal system at the intersection of Chapman Avenue and Lamplighter Street which will be fiber-optically connected to the city’s traffic signal system. The traffic signal will improve traffic safety and reduce vehicle and pedestrian delay.
$1.45M – Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Curbramp and Sidewalk Improvements
Requested by: City of Long Beach — Installation of ADA compliant curb ramps, access ramps, sidewalks, and other accessibility improvements citywide. Community benefits include improved ADA accessibility, improved pedestrian safety, and extend the useful life of sidewalks.
$12M – Anaheim Street Corridor Improvements
Requested by: City of Long Beach — The project improves safety in mobility with upgrades to traffic signals with protected turns, construction of pedestrian refuge medians, and turn restrictions in historic collision hot-spots along a three-mile stretch of Anaheim Street in Long Beach from San Francisco Avenue to Termino Avenue.
$4M – Mobility Wallet Demonstration & Research Study
Requested by: Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)
The project will build and expand upon region’s work on alternative funding mechanisms along with the state’s prior California Road Charge Pilot Program. The project also builds upon recent work led by SCAG through its Mobility Innovations and Pricing (MIP) initiative, which focuses on the potential equity implications of road pricing and other innovative transportation policies in the six-county SCAG region.