Rep. Carbajal Announces New Transportation and Climate Funding for California’s Central Coast Under Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Today, Congressman Salud Carbajal announced that California will receive over $555 million in investments under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to provide more transportation options for California’s Central Coast, ease congestion in local communities, and reduce carbon pollution across the state.

The investments, totaling more than $6.4 billion nationwide, are being administered under the Federal Highway Administration’s Carbon Reduction Program, a new initiative established by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

“When I speak to Californians on the Central Coast, every day I hear concerns about the pain they’re feeling at the gas pump and about the threat that climate change poses to their livelihood and their children’s futures. With this new funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we’re tackling both issues head-on,” said Rep. Carbajal. “This funding will lower costs and commute times across California, cut emissions, and support good-paying union jobs. I’m proud to have voted for these investments in our infrastructure, and I will continue partnering with our state and local leaders to deliver results that will see this funding implemented in ways that improve the quality of life for people on the Central Coast.”

As working families are facing higher gas prices due to global supply disruptions and Russia’s unjustified war in Ukraine, this funding will allow California to deliver more transportation alternatives and add to carbon-free public resources.

These funds can be invested in a range of eligible projects, including:

·        Public transit services

·        Electric vehicle charging infrastructure

·        Traffic flow improvements

·        Congestion management technology

·        Pedestrian and cycle trails

Rep. Carbajal has championed low-emission transit measures and investments in clean energy projects that combat the effects of climate change.

Rep. Carbajal helped deliver the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in November 2021, which is projected to provide more than $45 billion to California over the next five years, including for the Central Coast’s airports and highways.

In March, Rep. Carbajal’s votes for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the American Rescue Plan delivered $21 million to San Luis Obispo for zero emission transit.

Rep. Carbajal is a co-author of the MARKET CHOICE Act, bipartisan legislation that would implement a fee on carbon emissions to help fund infrastructure advancement and development while combating climate change, as well as the Energy Opportunity Zones Act which utilizes tax credits to encourage business growth and job creation in the renewable energy sector to offset those losses.

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