Member-Designated Transportation Projects

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) led House passage of the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation (INVEST) in America Act, H.R. 3684, a five-year, $547 billion surface transportation reauthorization bill that included projects requested by U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (CA-19).

The Lofgren-requested projects in California’s 19th Congressional District would receive an infusion of $19,068,100 from the federal government if the INVEST in America Act becomes law.

“There is a critical need for bold infrastructure investments across the country and in our community,” said Rep. Lofgren. “I’ve long-been a strong proponent of investments that help improve and modernize our surface transportation. The Santa Clara County projects included in the INVEST in America Act will make our community safer, more accessible, and more connected. The T&I Committee’s vote today is the first step in meeting President Biden’s vision – that I support – to create good-paying jobs while tackling the climate crisis head-on by rebuilding and re-imagining America’s infrastructure. The House should swiftly pass this bill to move our country and the Santa Clara County community forward.”

Background

In early 2021, Chairman Peter DeFazio announced that the T&I Committee would formally accept requests for projects from House Members.

The T&I Committee process for member projects for consideration was separate and distinct from the House Committee on Appropriations’ process for Community Project Funding requests. Projects funded through the surface transportation authorization will be funded directly from the Highway Trust Fund, and they do not require a separate or subsequent appropriation.

Please note:

  • Congresswoman Lofgren did NOT accept requests for projects outside of CA-19.
  • A request submitted to Lofgren did NOT guarantee the project would be selected.
  • The selection of a project by Lofgren did NOT guarantee it would be funded by the T&I Committee.

More information on the process, including an Instruction Booklet with detailed step-by-step guidance, can be found on the Transportation and Infrastructure Appropriations Committee’s page here.

Submitted Requests

The Lofgren-requested projects in California’s 19th Congressional District listed below were included in the INVEST in America Act.

Click here for more information about these projects.

Project Sponsor

Amount Included

Project Name

The City of San Jose

$7,703,100

Warm Springs Grade Crossing Improvements

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission

$5,000,000

SF Bay Area Regional Advance Mitigation Program (RAMP)

The City of San Jose

$4,700,000

East San Jose Corridor Safety Improvement Project

The City of Morgan Hill

$800,000

Hale Avenue & Expressway Extension Phase 2A

The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain)

$550,000

Mini-Highs at Caltrain Stations

The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain)

$315,000

Caltrain Crossing Optimization Project

Project Eligibility

Capital projects eligible under title 23, United States Code, and chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code, were eligible for funding requests under T&I’s project submission process.

The best way to ensure project eligibility was to select a project included in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) or Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), as those projects were already been certified as eligible for Federal Highway Administration or Federal Transit Administration funding and did not require further verification of eligibility.

For projects not in the STIP or TIP, additional documentation was required, including verification about whether the project can be added to the STIP or TIP in a reasonable timeframe, whether the project is on a long-range transportation plan, and verification of eligibility for the proposed activity under title 23 or chapter 53 of title 49 by the relevant federal agency.

Transparency

The final requests selected and submitted to the T&I Committee are posted on this page and are posted on the Committee's page. Members were also required to certify that neither they nor their immediate family have a financial interest in the CPF requests made.