Provides an additional $350 million in public transit funding for fleet and service improvements

Expands service and connectivity

Helps California meet ambitious clean air goals by 2030

public transit funding PUBLIC TRANSIT PROGRAMS

SB 1 provides an additional $350 million in public transit funding each year.

  • State Transit Assistance (STA) Program: $250 million annually
  • This money will go to help transit agencies fund their capital infrastructure and operational costs.
  • This money is distributed via current funding formulas based on agency revenue and population.
  • State of Good Repair Program (SGR): $105 annually
  • Funding for transit capital projects or services to maintain or repair existing transit fleets and facilities; new vehicles or facilities that improve existing transit services; or transit services that complement local efforts to repair and improve local transportation infrastructure.
  • This money is made available to eligible transit operators based on the STA formula

The approved SGR projects cover projects across the state, which include:

  • $87,090 to the County of Tehama for the Walnut Street Rehabilitation and ADA Access project. This project will rehabilitate the Red Bluff Transit Transfer Center to bring the facility to ADA standards. It will upgrade sidewalks and curbing and repair striping in the parking area, as well as other facilities upgrades.
  • $815,830 to the City of Los Angeles for the Electrification of 20 bus shuttles. The City of Los Angeles will replace twenty CNG bus shuttles which have reached the end of their useful lives with 20 electric bus shuttles. These SGR funds will be cover the cost difference between the value of a CNG-fueled shuttle and a battery-electric bus shuttle for the CityRide program.
  • $67,436 to the Morongo Basin Transit Authority (MBTA) in San Bernardino County for Bus Stop Upgrades. MBTA will upgrade various bus stops to improve accessibility and safety. The upgraded bus stops will include an ADA accessible ramp, sidewalk, concrete bus shelter pad and a bus shelter.
  • $1,256,425 to Metrolink toward the Generation 1 Rail Car Rebuild/Overhaul project. This project will refurbish and upgrade 14 Metrolink Bombardier Gen1 rail cars to improve passenger comfort and safety, reliability and upgrade to current standards.

For more information about these programs, visit Caltrans' State of Good Repair Program page.


TIRCP will receive an additional $300 million annually from SB 1 dollars. These competitive grants fund transformative projects that modernize transit systems, increase ridership, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve safety. A minimum of 25% of funding is dedicated to provide direct benefit to disadvantaged communities.

The program helps fund projects that are:

  • Significant expansions of commuter and intercity rail
  • Major investments in light rail and heavy rail transit projects, involving new corridors as well as expansion of service in existing corridors
  • Rollout of expanded services using zero emission buses, both in urban areas, and over longer distance commuter routes.
  • Efforts to better serve disadvantaged communities through improved transportation options and reduced emissions in the community

Transformative projects could include:

  • BART to San Jose Extension
  • Expanded Los Angeles Union Station Capacity
  • Extended and improved community and intercity rail services
  • Investments in streetcars, and other local transit, especially that tied to the intercity network

Projects selected in 2018 include:

  • Pivotal Improvements for Southern California Region - Investment is focused on critical projects to prepare Los Angeles and the Southern California region for the 2028 Olympic Games with 6 major LA Metro expansion projects receiving funding including light rail extensions to Torrance and Montclair and additional rapid transit service along congested corridors. Additional funding to go towards improving regional commuter and intercity rail to make Pacific Surfliner and Metrolink services faster and more reliable through major investments including track improvements at Los Angeles Union Station.
  • Better Connections for the Bay Area - Projects establish the San Jose Diridon station as a Bay Area Regional hub by completing the funding for BART to San Jose, creation of new Samtrans express bus routes to along the congested US-101 corridor and new rail service to Salinas and Monterey, continued support for Caltrain electrification with funding for additional electric trainsets. TIRCP invests in additional new rail vehicles for BART and SF Muni to improve service and reduce train crowding during peak service, and funding for SMART train extensions to connect with Larkspur ferry service and Windsor. Also provides funding for zero-emission vehicles for SolanoExpress and AC Transit.
  • Transforming the Central Valley - Supports the creation of an integrated ACE and San Joaquin rail system increasing service frequency in the Central Valley while providing new service connections to Ceres and Sacramento. Provides funding for zero emission bus purchases for Fresno, light rail service improvements for Sacramento Regional Transit, and establishes a new zero-emission intercity bus service connecting the North State to Sacramento.

Complete list of projects for TIRCP


Senate Bill 1 created the State Rail Assistance Program by directing a portion of new revenue specifically to intercity rail and commuter rail. The majority of program funding is directed by statutory formula to rail operators.

These projects are focused investments by the state to improve commuter and intercity rail service across the state, reduce air pollution and ease traffic congestion.

State Rail Assistance provides California's commuter and intercity rail agencies with dependable supplemental revenue that they can use to improve rail service in various ways, including:

  • Operations funding for expanded service
  • Increased customer amenities such as discounted tickets
  • Capital investments such as new and cleaner-emissions rolling stock to increase capacity and reduce emissions
  • Track and station investments that can reduce travel times, delays, improve accessibility and enhance the customer experience

In March 2019, CalSTA selected 9 State Rail Assistance Projects including:

  • Funding for enhanced special events service at Levi’s Stadium, for the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority
  • Funding to complete a Coast Rail Corridor Service Implementation Plan for the Coast Rail Coordinating Council system
  • Regular special events service by building a Coachella Festival special event train platform in Indio for the Riverside Country Transportation Commission
  • Piloting new services to fill key gaps in the rail system in Northern California for Caltrans

Complete list of projects for the 9 projects of SRA - as of March 6, 2019

In January 2018, CalSTA selected 16 State Rail Assistance Projects including:

  • Funding for Saturday service for the Altamont Corridor Express
  • Increased weekday and weekend service for the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit system
  • Vehicle rehabilitation, signal modernization and bike parking improvements for Caltrain
  • New Tier IV, clean locomotives that will provide a faster and more reliable trip for passengers on the Coaster corridor in San Diego

Complete list of projects for the 16 projects of SRA - as of January 30, 2018


In addition to these transit dedicated programs, SB 1 also provides additional programs which can help fund transit projects including: