San Bernardino, CA, June 2, 2012, noon - Caltrans has awarded approximately $350 million in grants to improve public transit across California. An estimated 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 10-year period to improve public transit in California. The projects are a direct investment in the state’s public transit system and will help energize California’s economy, according to Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. He also says the projects help create jobs, reduce traffic congestion, clean the air, and provide Californians with more viable alternatives to rising gas prices. One of the projects awarded Proposition 1B funding in San Bernardino County includes $144,915 for shelters, amenities, and solar lighting for the Victor Valley Transit Authority. So far, Proposition 1B has provided $1.7 billion in funding to more than 700 transit projects statewide, with 216 completed. Caltrans District 8 received $16,459,510 million for transit projects.