California Department of Transportation
 

California Department of Transportation

Headquarters - Sacramento
Matt Rocco
(916) 657-5060

September 10, 2009

CALTRANS AWARDS $8.7 MILLION FOR STATEWIDE PLANNING GRANTS TO IMPROVE TRANSPORTATION IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES

Sacramento – Today, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) 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.

Additional information and a complete list of grant recipients is available online at: 

http://www.dot.ca.gov/docs/transportationplanninggrantsfiscalyear0910.pdf