Community Project Funding, T&I Member Designated Projects for Fiscal Year 2022
Community Project Funding, Fiscal Year 2022
For the first time in many years, the House Appropriations Committee will be accepting Community Project Funding requests for Fiscal Year 2022. This new initiative allows Members of Congress to target federal funds towards projects and programs in their respective congressional districts that will address the most significant needs facing the communities they represent. If submissions make it through the full process, the requests will be funded through the numerous government funding bills.
Under guidelines issued by the Appropriations Committee, each Representative may request funding for up to 10 projects in their community for Fiscal Year 2022. Projects are restricted to a limited number of federal funding streams, and only state and local governments and eligible non-profit entities are permitted to receive funding. Additional information on the reforms governing Community Project Funding is available here.
In the interest of transparency and accountability, all Members are required to post all Community Project Funding requests submitted to the committee on their website. In compliance with House Rules and Committee requirements, Rep. Peters has certified that he, his spouse, and his immediate family have no financial interest in any of the projects he has requested.
Community Project Funding Projects/Programs Requested
Listed below are the funding requests for important community projects in California's 52nd congressional district Rep. Peters has submitted to the Appropriations Committee.
NOTE: The projects are listed in no particular order.
The Digital Health for High Risk and Vulnerable Populations program
University of California at San Diego (UCSD) - 9300 Campus Point Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
Project Justification: This project provides critical telehealth and remote health management for our most vulnerable populations, including COVID-19 patients, the elderly, and low-income patients that represent underprivileged and underrepresented groups, as well as those living in remote or rural areas. The funding would ensure specialists at UCSD can continue their work to adopt the methods of the LAUNCH (Linking and Amplifying User Center Networks through Connected Health) program to deploy telehealth- and broadband-enabled care services for vulnerable populations that are inclusive and allow participatory design of the interventions by the beneficiaries themselves.
Ambulance for Cays Fire Station
City of Coronado - Coronado Cays Fire Station, 101 Grand Caribe Cswy, Coronado CA 92118
Project Justification: The funding would be used to purchase and station an ambulance for the City of Coronado that would provide emergency services for the 1200-home community of the Coronado Cays and the new United States Naval Base Coronado Coastal Campus (“Coastal Campus”). Because the only existing fire/paramedic on the island is located outside of the federal fire zone, the addition of this ambulance would ensure a robust response for both the Cays community and the Navy personnel, potentially saving lives.
The Higher Education Online Pathways program
San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) - 3375 Camino del Rio South San Diego, CA 92108
Project Justification: This funding would help SDCCD increase access to and improve the quality of its existing online certificates, credentials, or programs. Funding would be used to create and expand online curriculum and textbook programs with no-cost and low-cost materials for the over 100,000 students SDCCD serves annually.
San Diego River 1, 2 and 3 Levee System Assessment and Feasibility Study
City of San Diego - San Diego River between the Pacific Ocean and Morena Crossing, San Diego, CA
Project Justification: These levees that protect urbanized areas in the City of San Diego urgently require a feasibility study to evaluate modifications needed to address system deficiencies that pose a public safety risk. A typical U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Feasibility Study stipulates 3 years and $3 million to complete the study. Given the complexity of the encroachments and the time elapsed since the project’s original construction in 1953, the City requires $4 million over 5 years.
Habitat-friendly Shoreline Structures
Port of San Diego - Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Project Justification: The funding would be used to secure Harbor Island’s shoreline with interlocking armor units to provide environmentally sensitive edge protection. Requiring minimal maintenance, the interlocking armor provides structural, ecological, and community engagement benefits, including the promotion of marine organisms and restoration of local ecosystems. Every six months after installation, the viability of the tide pool units as an ecological armoring replacement to traditional riprap will be evaluated.
COASTER Commuter Rail Corridor Study
San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) - 401 B St #800, San Diego, CA 92101
Project Justification: The COASTER Commuter Rail Corridor is the nation’s second-busiest intercity rail corridor, moving $1 billion in goods and carrying 5 million commuter passengers a year. It also is a designated segment of the U.S. Strategic Rail Corridor Network (STRACNET) for the U.S. military. Along a 1.6 mile stretch of the line known as the Del Mar Bluffs, the rail line is within feet of the coastline, nested on delicate cliffs that experience annual and episodic erosion. This funding would be used for studying alternative alignments for the COASTER Commuter Rail Corridor that would move the rail tracks completely off the Del Mar Bluffs.
Port Vehicle Electrification
Port of San Diego - 3165 Pacific Highway, San Diego CA 92101
Project Justification: Through the Community Emissions Reduction Plan, the Port of San Diego is focused on reducing emissions and the effect emissions have on the portside disadvantaged communities. The funding would be used to replace the Port’s outdated vehicles with electric alternatives for the General Services fleet, serving the entire San Diego Unified Port District. Improving air quality along San Diego's waterfront is an investment that yields benefits in public health and meeting environmental goals that strengthen the quality of life for those who live, work, and play by the Bay.
MTS Imperial Avenue Division Zero Emission Bus Infrastructure Project
San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) - 100 16th Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Project Justification: The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has approved a plan to convert its entire bus fleet to a fully zero-emission fleet by 2040. To accommodate and maintain a fully zero-emission bus (ZEB) fleet, MTS must upgrade each bus division with the infrastructure required to maintain and operate ZEBs. This project request will include the design phase of building the necessary infrastructure to support the operations of ZEBs. This project will help with future expansion needs to fulfill MTS’s commitment to converting to a fully ZEB fleet and enable MTS to continue providing vital, clean, and efficient transportation services to San Diego communities.
Clearwell Bypass System
City of Poway - 14644 Lake Poway Road, Poway, CA 92064
Project Justification: In 2019, the City of Poway issued a boil water advisory after stormwater overflowed into the Lester J. Berglund Water Treatment Plant’s 10 MG Clearwell water storage reservoir, which supplies the City’s primary drinking water system. The Clearwell was built in the 1960s and has reached the end of its useful life. Under an agreement between the City of Poway and the State Division of Drinking Water (DDW), the Clearwell overflow structure must be replaced with another structure that meets specific DDW standards. The first step to achieve this is to build an intricate system to bypass the Clearwell reservoir. This funding request is for part of the construction of the bypass system to enable the replacement of the Clearwell. This project has direct and significant public benefits, as it provides Poway’s residents with reliable and robust clean water storage infrastructure.
Hazardous Tree Removal Mitigation Project
City of Poway - Twin Peaks Road (between Pomerado Road and Community Road), Poway, CA 92064; and Espola Road (between Valle Verde and Titan Way), Poway, CA 92064
Project Justification: This project will strategically remove hazardous trees along the right of way of Twin Peaks and Espola Roads. Approximately 1,054 structures and 3,288 residents live in homes along the Project Area and depend on these routes for escape during a wildfire. The Project Area includes critical infrastructure: a high school with 2,250 students, a fire station, water reservoirs, a water treatment plant, and community care facilities. The project will remove an estimated 2,100 trees with the objective of reducing fuel fire loads by 50% in the area. The fire fuel load reduction will reduce potential flame lengths and ensure passage of both civilian and public safety vehicles along these corridors during wildfire.
2021 Member Designated Projects Initiative (Transportation & Infrastructure)
The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) plans to advance surface transportation authorization legislation later this spring, building on H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, from the 116th Congress. Chairman Peter DeFazio announced that the T&I Committee will formally accept requests for projects from House Members.
The T&I Committee process for considering member projects is separate and distinct from the House Committee on Appropriations’ process for considering Community Project Funding requests. Projects funded through the surface transportation authorization will be funded directly from the Highway Trust Fund, and they do not require a separate or subsequent appropriation.
All requests submitted by Rep. Peters' office to the T&I Committee are posted below. Members will be required to certify that neither they nor their immediate family have a financial interest in the requests made.
Member Designated T&I Projects Requested
Listed below are the projects Rep. Peters has submitted to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
NOTE: The projects are listed in no particular order.
Project Sponsor: San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)
Project Name/Location: Central Mobility Hub Pre-Construction Project, Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA, 92110
Requested Amount: $12.5 million
Project Sponsor: City of San Diego
Project Name/Location: Downtown Mobility Phase 3A, State St., W Hawthorn St., W Grape St., Columbia St, India St., B St.; San Diego, CA 92101
Requested Amount: $5.6 million
Project Sponsor: Port of San Diego
Project Name/Location: Harbor Drive 2.0, Harbor Drive at Park Blvd in San Diego, CA, 92101; to Bay Marina Drive at Tidelands Avenue in National City, CA, 91950
Requested Amount: $400,000
Project Sponsor: San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS)
Project Name/Location: Bus & Rail Rolling Stock purchases and Rehabilitations, Imperial Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 and Main Street, Chula Vista, CA 91911
Requested Amount: $6 million