LOS ANGELES (CBS) — California transit agencies were among the top beneficiaries of a new round of federal grants totaling $928.5 million, officials announced Monday.

California received more than any other state–$126 million—except New York, which was given more than $164 million.

More than one-fourth of California’s money, the largest share, will go to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

That agency received $25 million for new buses that run on compressed natural gas and more than $9.6 million to reconfigure downtown’s Patsaouras Plana to allow a direct connection for passengers from the El Monte Busway.

“Investing in America’s transit systems, rails, roads, ports, and airports will generate tens of thousands of construction-related jobs and put more money in the pockets of working Americans,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement announcing the grant awards.

Comments (4)
  1. PeteM says:

    How is this going to be paid back????????????

    1. Whisky…Tango… Foxtrot says:

      The money won’t be paid back, it’s a grant. Obama is taking care of all the transit unions before next year’s election.

  2. Kevin says:

    more money for MTA to waste. Shouldnt they have configured the plaza for the El Monte Transit way when they built it???? it was there and being used by them when they built the plaza. As for the money for new buses, check the bus yards and fix the ones you have broken down or that sit in the yard most of the day so you dont have to pay ur drivers full wages to sit behind the wheel and do their jobs but they can earn 3/4 pay for sitting in the yard watching tv sleeping and playing pool.. As usual MTA begs for money for buses and the goverment feels sorry for them and gives it to them

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