Tracy City Leaders Lobby for Infrastructure Funding during recent Washington D.C. TripPosted: Apr 13, 2016
Location: Tracy, Calif.
Tracy Mayor Michael Maciel, Councilmember Veronica Vargas and Tracy Assistant City Manager Stephanie Garrabrant-Sierra traveled to Washington D.C. from March 22 - 23, 2016 to meet with federal representatives to garner support for local roadway and infrastructure funding.
“This was a very fruitful trip that provided a lot of opportunities to tell Tracy’s story and put the spotlight on the growing infrastructure demands of Tracy, especially along I-205,” stated Councilmember Vargas. “I believe in exploring all avenues to obtain funding that will support our local roadways and infrastructure. Traveling to D.C. and meeting with our federal representatives was a vital first step.”
The group met with Senator Barbara Boxer and Senator Feinstein’s office, Congressman Jeff Denham, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Economic Development Administration, the Department of Transportation and the Department of the Interior. The conversations with federal representatives and their staff focused on the proposed widening of the I-205 and I-580 Mountain House interchange, the future MacArthur Drive overcrossing, the transportation benefits of connecting BART with ACE train services in Tracy, funding for airport runway pavement improvements at the Tracy Municipal Airport, recycled water grants, and attracting businesses and industry from the Bay Area.
“There’s no doubt that the City of Tracy and the South County are driving job creation in our region. In response, we need to have the appropriate transportation infrastructure in place to support economic growth,” stated Mayor Maciel.
Senator Boxer, Senator Feinstein and Congressman Denham’s office have committed to preparing letters of support for FASTLANE grant funding for the City of Tracy. FASTLANE (Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies) grant funding will support critical freight and highway projects across the country. The FAST Act authorizes $800 million in funding for the FASTLANE program for fiscal year 2016, with 25 percent reserved for rural projects, and 10 percent for smaller projects.
City of Tracy – City Manager’s Office