The federal government places all fuel tax transportation funding left over from states that don’t meet their project deadlines into a pool from which states that have met their federal funding targets can draw. California transit officials say the state relies heavily on federal funding to satisfy its infrastructure needs.
“Those federal dollars are hard to come by and when we do get them, we make sure that we prioritize our projects and award our funding accordingly," says Mark Dinger with Caltrans. "That’s the reason we’re getting this extra money.”
California will use the extra money to help fund some current projects around the state like extending car pool lanes in the Central Valley an extra 16 miles, carving out an extra bore to the Caldecott tunnel in Oakland, and easing traffic congestion on I-5 in Los Angeles.