Caltrans Awards $8.7M for Grants to Improve Local Transportation

Wed October 21, 2009 - West Edition

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Sept. 23 announced the release of more than $8.7 million allocated for transportation planning grants with 68 agencies, including local governments, planning groups, community-based organizations and tribal governments.

California provided $5.4 million of the funding from its State Highway Account. The remaining $3.3 million came from the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration.

Highlights of the grants include:

• The Central Interstate 80 Rail Corridor Study — $300,000 was awarded to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Alameda County Congestion Management Agency to define a strategic vision and corridor management plan for the Martinez subdivision rail corridor (between Oakland and Martinez) and along Interstate 80 in Northern California.

• The Pedestrian and Bicycle Pathway Feasibility and Options Study of the East Bay — $135,000 was awarded to the city of Lafayette to evaluate the feasibility for constructing a pedestrian and bicycle path along the East Bay Municipal Utility District Aqueduct in downtown Lafayette.

• The Crenshaw Corridor Transit Plan — $220,000 was awarded to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation and the Los Angeles Urban League to develop a plan for three future transit stations. The plan will focus on bicycle and pedestrian links with public transit and other means for regional transportation south of the Metro Expo Line.

• The Crenshaw Transit Corridor Community Planning Project — $226,800 was awarded to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative to develop a comprehensive plan to promote public transit access, mobility, and the opportunity for economic revitalization in neighborhoods surrounding the proposed Crenshaw Transit Corridor West Boulevard Station.

• The Florence-Firestone Community Plan — $159,528 was awarded to the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning for a project to improve mobility, access and safety. This will further develop the community’s goals, policies, implementation actions, and fund a land use policy map and zoning plan.

• The Intermodal Transportation Center, San Diego International Airport — $300,000 was awarded to the San Diego Association of Governments to plan for a future Intermodal Transportation Center at Lindbergh Field.

• The Transit-Oriented-Development Studies in the Laguna Niguel Gateway — $185,280 was awarded to the city of Laguna Niguel to study transit-oriented residential and mixed-use development near the existing transit station in the city’s Gateway district.

• The Monterey Bay Area 511 Traveler Information System Feasibility and Implementation Plan — $259,210 was awarded to the Santa Cruz County Transportation Commission and the Transportation Agency for Monterey County to develop a feasibility and implementation plan for a traveler information system in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.

• The Miner Avenue Streetscape Plan — $250,000 was awarded to the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission to create a plan that will restore the historic significance of Miner Avenue in Stockton.

• The Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Plan for Lake County — $53,118 was awarded to the Lake County/City Area Planning Council to develop a plan to provide non-emergency medical transportation services for Lake County residents.

• The Middle Klamath River Community Transportation Plan — $165,968 was awarded to the Karuk Tribe to develop a community-based transportation plan that improves mobility, access, safety; and promotes environmental justice and economic opportunities for the communities of Orleans, Somes Bar, and Happy Camp.