Last week the California Transportation Commission (CTC) adopted a list of 148 pedestrian and bicycling oriented projects at its monthly meeting. With these projects now formally adopted, the CTC will allocate more than $220 million to these projects at its future meetings.
In the release, Mary Nichols, Chairman of the California Air Resources Board, thinks this is great news:
Making it easier and more convenient to walk and bike is a direct investment in our health… This funding will help cities and counties throughout California take steps to fight air pollution and reduce greenhouse gases.
The 148 projects adopted are a fraction of the 770 applications that Caltrans and the CTC received in June. All in all, the applications were valued at more than $1 billion. It’s great to see there is so much interest in this program to truly diversify modal choices for Californians. So much interest, in fact, that demand outstripped funding nearly 3 to 1.
You can find a list of the 148 adopted projects here:
Caltrans’ releases note that over 85% of the projects will benefit disadvantaged communities. They also stress that just because some projects weren’t adopted doesn’t mean they couldn’t still find funding:
California’s nine largest Metropolitan Planning Organizations (Bay Area, Fresno, Sacramento, San Diego, Southern California, San Jose, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Kern) are still eligible to recommend projects to the CTC on an additional $147 million in active transportation funds designated specifically to their regions based on population. The CTC will adopt projects submitted by MPOs in November.
This is all great news for true modal diversification for California’s traveling public!
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