On Tuesday, December 21st, Congressman Salud Carbajal (D-CA 24) visited the recently renovated MTD Transit Center to discuss how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will enhance public transit access for Central Coast residents and travelers. After touring the Transit Center, Rep. Carbajal boarded the Line 12x (Goleta Express) to test out MTD’s convenient new Tap to Ride contactless payment system, and disembarked at a stop in Old Town Goleta.
Thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law supported by Congressman Carbajal, recipients of Federal Transit Administration dollars like Santa Barbara MTD stand to benefit from this once-in-a-generation level of investment. Over the next five years, public transit agencies nationwide will receive $91.1 billion in guaranteed funding and $15.8 billion in funding requiring annual authorization, for a total of $106.9 billion.
A national leader in zero-emission, battery-electric bus technology for over 30 years, Santa Barbara MTD will continue to aggressively seek Federal, State, and local funding for crucial bus replacements, facility modernization and electrification, and operations. With a new focus on the Federal level on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and climate proofing our communities, the South Coast region is primed to capitalize on this increased investment.