Bay Area transits get millions in funds

March 9, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Commuters who spend part of their daily journey beneath San Francisco Bay are among those set to benefit from $52 million in state funds awarded to three Bay Area transit agencies.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that the agencies would receive the funds as part of the first allotment of transit money from $20 billion in transportation bonds approved by voters in 2006.

Bay Area Rapid Transit will receive $24 million to help complete earthquake retrofit work on the Transbay Tube, which carries train riders between San Francisco and Oakland beneath the bay.

The $340 million project is scheduled for completion in 2010. Bus agencies in counties east and south of San Francisco will get money to replace older buses and add speedier service.