San Bernardino, CA, February 13, 2012, 8:00am – Caltrans has awarded nearly $203 million in grants to improve public transit across California. More than 80 projects will upgrade transit service, purchase eco-friendly buses, modernize transit stations and create jobs throughout the state. The grants are funded through Proposition 1B, the 2006 voter-approved transportation bond, which is providing $3.6 billion over a ten-year period to improve public transit in California. Acting Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty says the projects are a direct investment in the state’s public transit system and will help energize California’s economy. He also believes the projects will help create jobs, reduce traffic congestion, clean the air, and provide an alternative to rising gas prices. To date, Proposition 1B has funded more than a billion dollars in transit projects. For a comprehensive list of all projects that received transit grants in this funding cycle, please visit: http://www.dot.ca.gov/docs/Prop1BTransitProjectsFebruary2012.pdf .