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Rep. Berman Wins Funds for Valley Transportation Projects

Location: Washington, DC


Washington, D.C. - Rep. Howard L. Berman (D- Van Nuys) announced today that Congress has approved $1.35 million for several important transportation projects that will reduce traffic congestion, enhance safety and improve the quality of life in the San Fernando Valley.

"At my request, the transportation includes $750,000 for the Los Angeles Valley College Bus Rapid Transit Station Extension," Berman said. "This project will integrate the bus rapid transit station into the valley College campus and make public transit more convenient for the 19,000 -student community college, the 800-student Grant High School, the Jewish Community Center, and the general public."

The bill also includes $500,000 for safety enhancements at a number of Metrolink grade crossings in the Valley," Berman continued. "By installing new crossings gates and other needed improvements along this high-speed rail corridor, we can help prevent vehicles and pedestrians from straying into the path of oncoming trains."

"Finally, the bill includes $100,000 for the City of San Fernando downtown revitalization project," Berman concluded. "These funds will pay for a variety of streetscape enhancements - such as benches, lighting and landscaping. -- along San Fernando Road and Truman Street with an eye toward promoting economic revitalization and the use of public transportation."

These projects are included in the conference report for H.R. 3028, the Transportation-Treasury-HUD-Judiciary appropriations act for fiscal year 2006, which was recently passed by Congress.

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