State Rail Assistance Program

Senate Bill 1 created the State Rail Assistance (SRA) Program by directing a portion of new revenue specifically to intercity rail and commuter rail.

  • SB 1 directs a 0.5% portion of new diesel sales tax revenue for allocation: half to the 5 commuter rail providers and half to intercity rail corridors
  • Half of revenue is allocated in equal shares to commuter operators through 2019-20, and via guidelines thereafter (about $10.5M to each total over 3 years)
  • Half of revenue is allocated to intercity rail corridors such that each of the existing three corridors receives at least 25% of the intercity rail share (about $13.1M to each over 3 years)
  • Funding is available for capital and operations

This revenue is estimated to be $25 million in 2017-18, $39 million in 2018-19, and $41 million in 2019-20.  The majority of program funding is directed by statutory formula to rail operators, with guidelines defining process and timeline for agencies to obtain funding.

2018 Recipients

In January 2018, the California State Transportation Agency announced 7 recipients for $51.9 million in State Rail Assistance program funding. These projects, which have a total value of $136 million when including funding from other sources, are focused investments by the state to improve commuter and intercity rail service across the state, reduce air pollution and ease traffic congestion. View complete list of projects. 

In October 2018, California State Transportation Agency approved 6 additional projects to 4 recipients utilizing an additional $12.3 million in State Rail Assistance (SRA) program funding. These projects add to the $51.9 million approved in January 2018, bringing cumulative SRA awards to $64.2 million for projects. A complete list of projects can be found here.

Adopted Guidelines and Allocation Request Form

Guideline Development