“No parents have to sit in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant again just so their child can use the internet to do their homework. It’s over,” Biden said.
Members of the California State Legislature and local representatives were in attendance, including Fontana Mayor Acquanetta Warren and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
“This bill will invest millions and produce countless jobs for cities like Fontana. It will improve roads, transit systems, our access to clean water,” Warren said.
Funding will run for the next five years, but it may take months or longer before the major projects begin.
“The infrastructure agreement means funding for mega-projects like (Metro’s) Sepulveda Transit Corridor, which will revolutionize the way Angelenos gets around. With more investment in (Metro’s) bus lanes and (Los Angeles Department of Transportation’s) NextGen Bus Plan network, we can accelerate our transit system and reduce congestion, ” Garcetti said on Twitter after the bill was signed.
Here’s how Los Angeles benefits
Garcetti also said Los Angeles will receive funding for:
– electrify Metro’s bus fleet by 2030;
– Metrolink projects, including the Link Union Station project;
ecosystem restoration projects, including restoration of Los Angeles River habitat;
– Los Angeles International Airport modernization efforts;
– projects to improve the flow of goods in the Port of Los Angeles;
– the expansion of the city’s charging network for electric vehicles;
– Climate resistance and extreme heat-absorbing efforts, including through cool sidewalks and treetops;
– projects for the recycling and reuse of water; and
– the city’s transition in 2035 to 100% renewable energy.
“This once-in-a-generation agreement will transform our nation’s infrastructure and LA for the better,” Garcetti said.
Here’s how California benefits from it
Governor Gavin Newsom praised the bill after it passed Congress on November 6 as a “historic infrastructure package (which) will accelerate investment in our clean transport infrastructure, help mitigate some of the worst consequences of climate change and accelerate new projects that will create thousands of jobs. ”
The state is expected to receive:
– $ 25.3 billion for programs distributed on the main road with federal assistance;
– $ 4.2 billion for bridge replacement and repairs over five years;
– $ 9.45 billion over five years to improve public transportation opportunities across the state;
– $ 384 million over five years to support the expansion of an electric vehicle charging network with the option to apply for $ 2.5 billion in subsidy funding dedicated to electric vehicle charging;
at least $ 100 million to help provide broadband coverage throughout the state;
– $ 84 million over five years to protect against wildfires;
– $ 40 million to protect against cyber attacks;
– $ 3.5 billion over five years to improve California’s water infrastructure and ensure clean, safe drinking water; and
$ 1.5 billion for infrastructure development for airports over five years.
The bill includes legislation introduced by Senator Alex Padilla, D-CA, to improve tribal health infrastructure, strengthen electrical networks, improve water resistance, help ensure clean drinking water, and electrify school bus fleets.
City News Service contributed to this report.
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