Gov. Gray Davis announced approval of more than $20 million by the California Transportation Commission to upgrade service on BART.
“My administration is committed to improving public transportation in the Bay Area,” Davis said. “These investments will ensure a safe and speedy commute.”
The funding is part of the governor's $5.3 billion Traffic Congestion Relief Program.
A total of $19.5 million was approved to continue environmental and design activities to seismically strengthen the BART system in San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa counties. According to Davis, the funding will be used to lay out a strategy for strengthening BART bridges and the Transbay Tube so that they can withstand a major earthquake.
In addition, $1.1 million was approved for BART to continue to study ways to improve the connectivity between various modes of transportation in the Interstate Highway 580 corridor between Pleasanton and Livermore.