Trans­porta­tion Projects

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The Cal­i­for­nia Trans­porta­tion Com­mis­sion ap­proved a sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in the health of com­mu­ni­ties and their res­i­dents, com­mit­ting $117 mil­lion to 63 Ac­tive Trans­porta­tion Projects (ATP) across the state with a com­bined value of more than $180 mil­lion. An­other 22 projects val­ued at $99 mil­lion were ap­proved for fund­ing sooner than orig­i­nally planned.

Fund­ing for th­ese com­mu­nity-fo­cused projects is made pos­si­ble due to the pas­sage of SB 1, the land­mark trans­porta­tion fund­ing leg­is­la­tion that will gen­er­ate $5.4 bil­lion a year to re­ju­ve­nate the state’s vi­tal trans­porta­tion net­work.

“Cal­i­for­ni­ans want more choices when they head to work, to school, to the gro­cery store, and we need to cre­ate th­ese new and safe op­tions,” Chair­man Bob Al­varado said. “The Ac­tive Trans­porta­tion Pro­gram ben­e­fits the en­vi­ron­ment, pro­vid­ing an op­tion for peo­ple to leave their ve­hi­cles at home, and also pro­motes health by en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to be more ac­tive.”

The ATP funds projects that in­crease the use of ac­tive trans­porta­tion by cre­at­ing user-friendly bi­cy­cle and multi-use paths, side­walks, bi­cy­cle lanes, and safe routes that chil­dren can use to reach their schools and re­turn home each day.

In ad­di­tion to cre­at­ing routes for non-mo­tor­ized trans­porta­tion, ATP projects ad­vance ef­forts to cur­tail green­house gases and trim child­hood obe­sity, while en­sur­ing that the state’s eco­nom­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties also share in the ben­e­fits that come from ac­tive trans­porta­tion.

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