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Infrastructure Funding Could Have Transformative Impact On San Diego

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The first trolley rolls onto the Tecolote Road stop on the Mid-Coast Extension of the UC San Diego Blue Line, June 29, 2021.

San Diego infrastructure projects could be in line for a major boost this fall.

A major funding infusion could happen if congress passes the more than $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure blueprint.

Listen to this story by Erik Anderson.

The money could fuel an important transition in San Diego’s transportation system.

San Diego transportation officials know they have a lot to do to restore the region’s transportation systems, because there are billions of dollars worth of maintenance projects waiting for funding.

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“It’s better to fix it before it becomes a bigger problem,” said Gustavo Dallarda, director for Caltrans District 11.

State officials pumped more money into their budgets for infrastructure projects this year thanks to a huge state surplus.

Federal dollars being considered would only add to that.

“To be able to use state and federal funds to bring our bridges up to standards and in good condition. As well as out pavement. As well as investing in transit and also all the supporting structure that the electrification of the transportation system needs,” Dallarda said.

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Climate advocates criticize the bipartisan federal legislation because they say it focuses too much on infrastructure for fossil fuel powered vehicles.

But others see opportunity in the package.

“We need to improve our mobility infrastructure and transit is part of that,” said Georgette Gomez, a former San Diego City Council President. “I truly believe that if we can deliver a world class transit system for San Diegans, then the conversation changes. Our environment and our greenhouse gasses will change and will get reduced.”

The senate has passed the bipartisan infrastructure plan.

The compromise deal needs house approval before it can go to the president’s desk for a signature.

Reported by Erik Anderson

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