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The city of Santa Clarita is in line to receive $8.9 million from Caltrans toward the $28.2 million cost of building a new Metrolink station at Vista Canyon Ranch, the mixed-use development project that’s under construction at Lost Canyon Road in Canyon Country.

The announcement came Friday when Caltrans said it was recommending $2.7 billion in funding for 64 projects across California to tackle congestion, support valuable trade corridors and bolster local agency efforts to invest in transportation.

The money comes out of the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, aka SB 1.

The three programs – the Solutions for Congested Corridors, Trade Corridor Enhancement and Local Partnership Programs – are vital infrastructure improvement programs created by SB 1, Caltrans Director Laurie Berman said in a statement.

“California is expected to keep growing, both economically and in population,” she said. “These projects funded by SB 1 will help to ensure that we can keep our economy moving and growing, and ease commutes for our residents so they can move efficiently between destinations.”

The California Transportation Commission approved the grants for these three competitive grants during their May commission meeting in San Diego:

Local Partnership Competitive Program

The CTC awarded approximately $309 million to 27 projects to fund transportation improvements valued at more than $1.7 billion. This funding represents three years (fiscal years 2017-20) of matching funds for local entities that have already chosen to make their own investments in transportation.

The Local Partnership Program was created by SB 1 to provide counties, cities and regional transportation agencies that have passed sales tax measures, developer fees or other voter-approved transportation fees with additional support for local projects from the State. The LPP creates a continuous appropriation of $200 million annually to fund road maintenance and rehabilitation, sound walls and other transportation improvement projects. These funds are distributed through a 50 percent statewide competitive component and a 50 percent formula component. The recipients of the formulaic component were finalized in March.

Local projects receiving funding include:

· The Vista Canyon Metrolink Station Project in Los Angeles County – this $28.2 million project will construct a new Metrolink Station in the city of Santa Clarita, adding new railroad track; signal improvements; drainage improvements; a 25,000 square foot center platform; grade-separated pedestrian access; construct a new parallel rail track and rail bridge; and install new rail signal.

The final approved project list, by county, for the Local Partnership Program Competitive Program can be found at http://catc.ca.gov/programs/sb1/lpp/docs/2018_Adopted_CompetitiveLPP.pdf .

More information on the Local Partnership Program can be found on the CTC’s SB 1 Local Partnership Program web page.

Solutions for Congested Corridors Program

SB 1 created the Solutions for Congested Corridors Program, which provides $250 million annually for multimodal corridor plans that make performance improvements along the state’s busiest highways. Approved projects and plans provide more transportation choices while preserving the character of the local community and creating opportunities for neighborhood enhancement projects.

The CTC approved four years’ worth of funding (Fiscal years 2017-18 to 2020-21) totaling approximately $1 billion to nine projects statewide as part of this program. These projects are valued at approximately $3.5 billion.

Area projects receiving funding include:
· The Airport Metro Connector 96th Street Transit Station Project In Los Angeles County- This $525.2 million project will create a multimodal transit station with a light rail station, transit station/terminal building, bus plaza, bicycle hub, pedestrian plaza, and passenger pick-up and drop-off.
· The Foothill Blvd. Master Plan Green Streets Improvements Project in Los Angeles County- This $16 million project in the city of Claremont will provide street improvements to a 2.5-mile, four-lane divided corridor along Foothill Blvd. to include: closing a 2,300 ft. sidewalk gap; installation of 2.35 miles of Class II bicycle lanes and 1.5 miles of cycle track; curb extensions; pedestrian enhancements; improvements to lighting and signage; and bus stop improvements.

The final approved project list, by county, for the Solutions for Congested Corridors Program can be found at http://catc.ca.gov/programs/sb1/sccp/docs/2018_Adopted_SCCP.pdf.

More information on the program can be found on the CTC’s SB 1 Solutions for Congested Corridors Program web page.

Trade Corridor Enhancement Program

California is the nation’s largest gateway for international trade and domestic commerce, and freight movement generates about a third of California’s $2.2 trillion economy. Because of its importance and expected growth, SB 1 provides $300 million annually for projects related to the routes and transportation infrastructure vital to California’s trade and freight economy. Three years’ worth of funding (fiscal years 2017-20) totaling approximately $1.4 billion was awarded to 28 projects, valued at more than $4 billion.

Projects receiving funding include:

· The State Route 34 (Fifth St.) Rice Avenue Grade Separation Project in Ventura County- This $79 million project will grade separate the existing overcrossing and widen it from four lanes to six lanes; and install connector roads, signals, and sidewalks.
· The I-5 (Golden State Freeway) Chokepoint Relief Project in Los Angeles County- This $539.2 million project will add truck lanes, HOV lanes, auxiliary lanes, sound walls, and an ITS hub station. It will also widen seven bridges and improve access to a weigh station.
· The State Route 57/60 Confluence Project: Choke Point Relief Program- This $288.6 million project will provide eastbound improvements, including interchange modifications, auxiliary lanes and three new bridges.

The final approved project list, by county, for the Trade Corridor Enhancement Program can be found at http://catc.ca.gov/programs/sb1/tcep/docs/2018_Adopted_TCEP.pdf.

More information on the program can be found on the CTC’s SB 1 Trade Corridor Enhancement Program web page.

The Road Repair and Accountability Act (SB 1), the landmark transportation infrastructure bill signed by Governor Brown in April 2017, invests $54 billion over the next decade to fix roads, freeways and bridges in communities across California and puts more dollars toward transit and safety. These funds will be split equally between state and local investments.

For complete details on SB 1, visit http://www.rebuildingca.ca.gov/.

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  1. lu says:

    WHERE will this Metrolink station be built, exactly? Article gives no location except “in Santa Clarita.” Need one as close to the onramps to I-5 as possible, there’s already one @Placerita for commuters from the 14, need one S. end of Valencia/ Stevenson Ranch.

    • SCVNews.com says:

      As it says, Vista Canyon. It’s not “new news.” The Metrolink station they’re going to build at Vista Canyon Ranch replaces the Princessa platform.

  2. Keep growing economically. 🤣 If California keeps going socialist under democrats it’s going to wither and die

  3. Dan says:

    This is at the Sand Canyon exit of the 14 Fwy, a few miles east (toward Palmdale) of the existing Via Princessa platform.

  4. jim says:

    Hey Leon! Humphreys’ is gonna get it’s own RR service!


    Too bad it won’t get a P.O. like in the old days.

    Let’s see, how many of the folks that currently use the Via Princessa station travel there from west of Bouquet/Railroad Av? This change sure isn’t going to make them happy.

    CC east-siders will have a new choice to get to the Metrolink now – Soledad Cyn to Sand Cyn to Lost Canyon to the “shared parking” at Vista Canyon Ranch Station (or whatever they’re going to call it). I can easily imagine a 4-way signal at Sand Cyn and Lost Canyon, sooner than later.

    By the way, any rumors about a new onramp to the southbound State Route 14 to suit the new walled fortress town? Or is everybody on four wheels going to Jake’s Way to Sierra south and access the 14 at Via Princessa?

    I know it’s a TOD, but I’m not yet sure I believe in that scheme.

    • SCVNews.com says:

      Don’t know about a 4-way signal; they’re doing 1 or more roundabouts, like in Newhall & Castaic

      • jim says:

        A Roundabout*, seem to be everyone’s new toy for traffic flow control. They sure do seem to take up a lot more space than signaled intersections do, especially if retro-fitting them into small, single lane (per direction)signal controlled intersections.

        But maybe they’ll leave all the new-fangled stuff for the actual new development.

        *I like the song better.

  5. waterwatcher says:

    The title of this article is pretty misleading. They are going to close the via princessa station, not dd a new platform. Its too bad to close the Via Princessa station because it serves the center of the valley. NOw people will have to drive into Newhall which is already jammed with traffic in commuting hours drive north out of their way. I imagine they are going to be pretty unhappy about this when they find out.

    Also, the developer of Vista Canyon was supposed to move the station. I see that the taxpayers are going to get stuck once again.

    Sorry if you see this more than once. The site wouldn’t take my comment.

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