09.15.20

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Applauds $1.2 Billion Federal Grant for BART Transbay Trains

OAKLAND, CA – Congresswoman Barbara Lee today applauded a $1.2 billion Full Funding Grant Agreement from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for Bay Area Rapid Transit’s (BART) Transbay Corridor Core Capacity Program. 

Congresswoman Lee, along with other members of California’s Congressional Delegation, helped facilitate this grant award, which is the largest grant BART has ever received.

“During a time of great hardship for public transit and the economy at large, this grant to pay for new trains and more frequent trips under the Bay is much needed and well-deserved,” said Congresswoman Lee. “This assistance will be crucial for BART to rebound from decreased ridership due to COVID-19, and the impending implications thereafter as many employers begin transitioning to long term remote work.  

 

“There is a racial justice component to this as well, as communities of color disproportionately serve as frontline workers that rely on public transit. An investment in the Bay Area’s transit system is an investment in racial equity.

Thank you to Speaker Pelosi, Senators Harris and Feinstein, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and everyone at BART who worked to facilitate this historic grant. This is a big win for Bay area commuters, and a great example of the federal government investing in the needs of communities.”

More information: https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2020/news20200914