SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— The purchase of new BART cars, planning for new Muni Metro light rail vehicles and Caltrain electrification could be held up if Congress doesn’t reauthorize federal transportation funding by next week.
The Bay Area relies heavily on federal funding to do everything from fixing potholes to the construction of new highway interchanges, but the August 1st deadline could hold up billions of highway and transit dollars. The federal money comes from the gas tax, which the federal government hasn’t raised in 30 years.
Congress has so far been unable to agree on a plan. Without one, dozens of projects could be delayed, putting the state into debt.