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Transit system big ticket item
Almost half of $20.1M in Manteca capital projects
One of the city’s three new Manteca Transit buses. - photo by HIME ROMERO
Manteca is investing $9.2 million into transit-related projects in the coming 12 months.

That’s nearly half of the $20.1 million in capital improvement projects that the Manteca City Council is considering adopting as part of the 2010-11 fiscal year spending plan during Tuesday’s 7 p.m. meeting at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.

None of the projects involve general fund money. The general fund is where the city had to bridge a $3.7 million deficit in the coming months using reserves and other cost-cutting measures. None of the money for the $20.1 million in projects can legally be used to cover general fund expenses such as police, and fire services or parks and streets.

The money is either from federal or state grants provided for a specific purpose of growth fees that are restricted for the purpose they were collected.

One project - the $6,685,340 transit station on Moffat Boulevard at South Main Street - is paid in large part by the countywide Measure K transit sales tax. Manteca was able to get available money left over from other projects in San Joaquin County because they were ready to move forward. The 3.1-acre project includes 100 parking spaces. It is expected to break ground in late fall.

Other transit-related projects are:

•purchasing three Dial-a-Ride vehicles and four fixed route vehicles for the Manteca Transit system at a cost of $823,042.

•installing a fiber optic cable to run from the proposed transit station at Moffat Boulevard and South Main Street to the Civic center at a cost of $300,000.

•purchasing and installing safety cameras at various bus stops along the city’s transit system for improved security at a cost of $133,400.

•building 10 to 15 bus shelters complete with benches, trash receptacles, and improved signage at most Manteca Transit stops at a cost of $1,353,798.

In addition, the City Council with two months is expected to review a plan that would bring back a limited version of the taxi coupon program for low-income riders to fill in gaps in Dial-a-Ride and fixed route bus service.