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California Transportation Commission Awards $221 Million in Active Transportation Program Funds Stat
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California Transportation Commission Awards $221 Million in Active Transportation Program Funds Stat

At their August 20 meeting, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) recommended 148 bicycle and pedestrian projects and programs for funding from the new Active Transportation Program (ATP), including 4 from San Joaquin County.

The ATP is a new statewide grant program that funds bicycle and pedestrian improvements throughout California. Under the ATP, the CTC awarded $221 million for projects and programs in two categories: a statewide competition and a separate competition for small rural and urban projects. Not surprisingly, the ATP received far more applications than it was able to fund.

The state received more than 770 applications, totaling more than $1 billion in needed funds. Of those 770 applications, 29 were submitted from the cities of Lathrop, Lodi, Ripon, Stockton, Tracy, and the County of San Joaquin. Of the 29 projects submitted by our region, the CTC awarded more than $3 million to four projects in the City of Stockton. Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva said the funds from the Active Transportation Program will greatly benefit the city.

“There was a high standard for the projects and we were able to get funding for four”, said Silva. “We didn’t just hear, we listened and acted on the requests to enhance the quality of life and livability of our communities. The more than $3 million in funds from this award will elevate the City of Stockton and improve our community.” The projects receiving funding are: Safe Routes to School Plan - $350,000. This project will create a plan to identify barriers, capital projects and other mitigation efforts to encourage students to walk and bicycle to school in support of the "5 'E's" of Safe Routes (Evaluation, Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement) for the four school districts that operate within the City of Stockton. Bicycle Master Plan Update - $550,000. This project will rewrite the Stockton Bicycle Master Plan to bring it in line with City and Regional goals as described in current sustainable growth, infill development, complete streets, climate action, and transit oriented development documents.

The plan will facilitate rapid construction of the remainder of an optimized bicycle network. Fremont Square Sidewalk Reconstruction - $728,000. This project will continue the City of Stockton’s efforts in revitalizing Downtown Stockton with emphasis on encouraging pedestrian, bicycle and disabled access. It will include reconstruction of the existing sidewalks along the perimeter of Fremont Square, removal and replacement of the existing curbs, gutters, curb ramps, relocation of pedestrian street lighting, landscaping, and the addition of bicycle racks. San Joaquin Trail - $1,394,000.

This project will resurface, repair, and replace portions of the existing bikeway in the Weston Ranch subdivision. Bicycle racks, benches and tables, exercise equipment, drinking fountains, irrigation, and landscaping will all be added. These improvements will increase safety, neighborhood livability, and the usefulness of an underutilized pedestrian and bicycle trail that connects residential areas with commercial, health and retail businesses and provides a safe route to four schools and to a branch of the County Library. Grant writing assistance was made available to the cities and the county through action by the San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG) Board to allocate funds from Measure K.

Services provided included offering advice on developing the grant, grant writing, and coaching during the grant writing process. “This region aggressively went after Active Transportation Projects and the grant writing assistance has paid off”, said Andrew Chesley, executive director of SJCOG. In September the remaining 25 projects will be considered for funding in a competitive process for a total of $2,969,000 in regional ATP funds SJCOG is receiving from the state. SJCOG will be proposing to supplement these ATP funds with an additional $1.5 million in other funds at their August 28th Board Meeting. The regional projects recommended by SJCOG will be considered for adoption by the CTC in mid-November. SJCOG is San Joaquin County’s regional transportation planning, coordinating, and financing agency. As the local transportation authority, SJCOG oversees Measure K, the local half-cent transportation sales tax for San Joaquin County.

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