SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Public transportation in the Sacramento region got a big boost from the federal government on Monday.

US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood held a scheduled meeting in Sacramento to announce $135 million of federal funding for light rail projects in the area. The money will be used to extend Regional Transit light rail service south to Cosumnes River College.

“We know there are always going to be highways, always going to be autos, but what they people want are alternatives,” said LaHood.

Local officials hope to receive federal funds for a street car system in Sacramento and West Sacramento.

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