State Trans­porta­tion Com­mis­sion Pro­mot­ing New 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.

“It’s crit­i­cal that all Cal­i­for­ni­ans ben­e­fit from SB 1 fund­ing. This en­ables the state to over­come years of un­der­funded trans­porta­tion projects,” Com­mis­sioner Carl Guardino said. “I’m proud to be play­ing this role in help­ing im­prove the health of Cal­i­for­ni­ans and our en­vi­ron­ment.”

ATP funds are dis­trib­uted as fol­lows: 50 per­cent go­ing to a statewide pro­gram, 40 per­cent to Metropoli­tan Plan­ning Or­ga­ni­za­tions (MPO) in ur­ban re­gions with more than 200,000 res­i­dents, and 10 per­cent to small ur­ban and ru­ral re­gions with 200,000 or fewer res­i­dents. Projects are awarded fund­ing on a com­pet­i­tive ba­sis in all three ATP com­po­nents. The Com­mis­sion ex­pects to ap­prove ATP fund­ing for MPO projects later this year.

Cal­i­for­nia’s Ac­tive Trans­porta­tion Pro­gram (ATP) is the largest of its type in the na­tion and funds much of the state’s walk­ing and bi­cy­cle projects. For more in­for­ma­tion on the Com­mis­sion’s Ac­tive Trans­porta­tion Pro­gram, visit www. catc.ca.gov/pro­grams/ATP. htm.

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