Carbajal Secures $20 million for Central Coast Infrastructure Projects in House Transportation Bill
Legislation to create jobs, curb greenhouse gas emissions, and bring California’s infrastructure into modern era includes several Central Coast priorities
Santa Barbara, CA, June 10, 2021
Santa Barbara, CA - Today, Congressman Salud Carbajal (CA-24) announced that he has secured $20 million in direct funding for local priorities in the House’s transportation and infrastructure package, the INVEST in America Act, and advanced several measures designed to create jobs, improve quality of life for Central Coast residents, and tackle the climate crisis.
The bill passed out of committee last night on a bipartisan basis and will now head to the House floor for a vote.
“I am proud to have secured vital resources to improve quality of life for every resident on the Central Coast, including funding for three key local infrastructure projects that were included in the bill. In addition to these direct funds, several pieces of legislation I authored to protect public safety, support local infrastructure projects, and preserve transit options, have been included,” said Rep. Carbajal. “The transportation sector is America’s biggest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions. It is crucial that we look to the future and modernize this sector of our economy so it is part of the solution to the climate crisis, not part of the problem. I look forward to seeing this bipartisan bill through to the finish line and will continue to advocate for necessary investments in our infrastructure to revitalize our economy and prepare for the future.”
"I applaud Representative Carbajal for his work to solve the persistent backlog of transportation infrastructure and public transit options for communities like Santa Barbara County on the Central Coast," said Santa Barbara County Association of Governments Executive Director, Marjie Kirn. "Carbajal's aggressive advocacy is just what we need to deliver central coast priorities like funding for the U.S. 101 Carpinteria to Santa Barbara project, protecting transit partners’ access to resources, and recognizing the seriousness of strong Federal partnerships to build a climate resilient future."
"The INVEST in America Act is forward thinking and provides financial resources to ensure this region's mobility choices meet the needs of the next generation of travelers," said San Luis Obispo Council of Governments Executive Director, Pete Rodgers. "Replacing conventional public transit coaches with zero-emission buses will put San Luis Obispo County on the map as a leader in innovative clean transit solutions."
The INVEST in America Act will:
Fund Local Projects:
Address Central Coast Transportation Needs:
Improve Public Safety
Enhance Public Transportation
Tackles Climate Change
Rep. Salud Carbajal represents California’s 24th congressional district, encompassing Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and part of Ventura County. He sits on the House Armed Services Committee, Agriculture Committee, and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where he serves as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.