July 01, 2021

Cárdenas Secures $19.1M for San Fernando Valley Surface Transportation Projects As Part of INVEST in America Act

The INVEST in America Act will create good-paying jobs modernizing and rebuilding our roads, bridges, transit, rail, and drinking water and wastewater systems.

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) applauded House passage of the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act, which includes $19.1 million for California’s 29th Congressional District. 

“Fully recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic requires us to meet the evolving needs of our community,”  said Congressman Cárdenas. “The INVEST in America Act will give us an opportunity to build back better and use federal dollars on projects that will make a real difference in the San Fernando Valley. This funding will help us fix our roads, get more buses on our streets, create jobs and keep our community safe and connected. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to send these historic investments to the President’s desk as quickly as possible.” 

The INVEST in America Act offers a new approach to federal transportation policy by emphasizing fixing existing roads and bridges and making record investments in passenger rail, public transit, cycling and walking infrastructure. The five-year surface transportation bill help meet President Biden’s vision to invest in American workers and communities while tackling the climate crisis head-on. The INVEST in America Act can create millions of good-paying jobs, restore the nation’s global competitive edge, reduce carbon pollution that drives the climate crisis, and make communities safer and more connected. Thanks to strong Buy America provisions and labor protections, the work will be fueled by American workers, manufacturing and ingenuity, with targeted investments in rural and underserved communities.

The legislation, among other things, will include:

  • $10,000,000 for the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor Project (Located on Van Nuys Boulevard and San Fernando Road corridor in the San Fernando Valley);
  • $4,000,000 for the Woodman Sidewalk Improvement Project (Located on Woodman Ave. and Community St. to Woodman Ave. and Branford St. Los Angeles, 91402); 
  • $1,797,312 for the East San Fernando Valley Traffic Signals on the High Injury Network Project (Located in Intersection of Valerio St and Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, California, 91406);
  • $1,340, 000 for the City of San Fernando Fixed Trolley Service and Electric Buses Project (Located in the entire City of San Fernando);
  • $1,236,000 for the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor (ESFVTC) Transit-Oriented Community (TOC) Plan Project (Located on Van Nuys Boulevard and Aetna Street in Van Nuys, traveling north on Van Nuys Boulevard through Arleta and Pacoima, before turning left on San Fernando Road and terminating at the Sylmar Metrolink station); 
  • $844,800 for City of San Fernando Sidewalk Repair Project (Located in the entire City of San Fernando); and
  • $594,027.44 for the San Fernando Road Bike Path Phase Three Project (Located on San Fernando Road and Branford St. to San Fernando Road and Cohasset St. Los Angeles, 91331).

While the American Rescue Plan is changing the course of the pandemic and delivering relief for working families, this is no time to build back to the way things were. For decades, infrastructure in California has suffered from a systemic lack of investment. The need for action is clear. California’s infrastructure received a C- grade on its Infrastructure Report Card. President Biden’s American Jobs Plan will make even more historic investments that will create millions of good jobs, rebuild America’s infrastructure and position the United States to out-compete China.