Proposition 116 Clean Air and Transportation Improvement Act (CATIA) of 1990

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Proposition 116 of 1990 enacted the Clean Air and Transportation Improvement Act (CATIA), designating $1.99 billion for specific projects, purposes, and geographic jurisdictions, primarily for passenger rail capital projects. Of this amount, Proposition 116 authorized $1.852 billion for the preservation, acquisition, construction, or improvement of rail rights-of-way, rail terminals and stations, rolling stock acquisition, grade separations, rail maintenance facilities, and other capital expenditures for rail purposes; $73 million for 28 non-urban counties without rail projects, apportioned on a per capita basis, for the purchase of paratransit vehicles and other capital facilities for public transportation; $20 million for a competitive bicycle program for capital outlay for bicycle improvement projects that improve safety and convenience for bicycle commuters; another $30 million to a water-borne ferry program ($20 million competitive and $10 million to the City of Vallejo) for the construction, improvement, acquisition, and other capital expenditures associated with water-borne ferry operations for the transportation of passengers or vehicles, or both.

The funds authorized under Proposition 116 are made available under a two-step process that is analogous to the process used for STIP funding. First, the Commission programs the funds for projects eligible under the original authorization, which it does by approving project applications that define a project’s scope, schedule, and funding. Then the Commission allocates the funds when the project is ready for funding.

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For additional information on Proposition 116, the Clean Air and Transportation Improvement Act (CATIA), contact:

Teresa Favila
Associate Deputy Director
California Transportation Commission
Phone: (916) 653-2064