House Committee Selects, Passes Rep. Peters’ Funding for San Diego Bike Lanes, Public Transportation
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Early this morning, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure passed the INVEST in America Act, a surface transportation bill that authorizes funding for transit projects across the country. The bill includes funding for three local transit projects Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) personally requested:
- $25 million for San Diego Association of Governments’ (SANDAG) Central Mobility Hub Pre-Construction Project, to advance the design work and support the completion of the environmental documents for the new multimodal transportation center that will connect all current and future modes of public transit in the San Diego area, including the airport.
- $5.6 million for the City of San Diego’s Downtown Mobility Phase 3A construction project, to build protected bike lanes in downtown San Diego that will connect with surrounding neighborhoods and make biking and walking more safe and accessible.
- $800,000 for the Port of San Diego’s Harbor Drive 2.0 project, to enhance the currently designated freight route as a connected, flexible corridor providing enhanced freight connectivity between National City Marine Terminal and Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal and regional freeways.
“The funding for San Diego’s transit projects in this bill means big things as we work to keep the region’s transportation up to speed,” said Rep. Peters. “Projects like the Central Mobility Hub and Harbor Drive 2.0 will ensure our communities are more easily accessible than ever before – crucial as San Diego’s population and economy continue to grow. I am pleased the Committee recognized the importance of our district’s infrastructure priorities to include in the INVEST in America Act, and I look forward to this bill’s swift passage so we can deliver on these transformative projects.”
The INVEST in America Act is the first bill in a decade to include ‘member designated project requests,’ formerly known as earmarks. In April, Rep. Peters submitted a total of four projects to the Committee. Of the three projects selected by the Committee for funding, two were jointly requested with Rep. Sara Jacobs (CA-53) for the Central Mobility Hub project and Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51) for the Harbor Drive 2.0 project.
Following its passage out of Committee, the INVEST in America Act will be scheduled for debate and a vote in the full House.