By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Caltrans today announced that California will receive a total of nearly $35 million for six local and regional projects throughout the state from the U.S. Department of Transportation as part of the federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program.
“Improving California’s transportation infrastructure is vital to economic development and job creation,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “I congratulate the local governments and agencies who are spearheading these efforts in their communities to ensure Californians have safer roads and greater access to multiple transit options.”
The projects funded are:
· $11.8 million for the East Side Access Improvement Project: This Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority project will create a network of bike lanes and sidewalks for bicyclists and pedestrians to access the new Regional Connector/1st Central Station in Los Angeles, set to open in 2020.
· $10.25 million for Willowbrook/Rosa Parks station: This project will improve several components of the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station near the Los Angeles community of Watts, which is a major transfer point for many commuters. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority project will lengthen the Metro Blue Line platform, enhance pedestrian and car access and link existing rail, bike and bus facilities.
· $10 million for State Routes 57/60 Confluence Project – Freight Corridor Bottleneck Relief in Diamond Bar: Forecasted to ultimately cost $256 million, this realignment project will relieve congestion and improve safety along this regionally and nationally significant goods movement corridor. Grant funding was awarded to the Cities of Industry and Diamond Bar.
· $1.5 million for West Sacramento Broadway Bridge Plan: The grant will complete the environmental documentation phase of a new Broadway bridge crossing the Sacramento River, connecting the cities of West Sacramento and Sacramento. The City of West Sacramento took the lead in applying for the grant to complete project authorization and the environmental documentation phase.
· $1 million for San Francisco Bay Core Capacity Study: Study will evaluate and prioritize a package of investments that expand transit capacity and connectivity to major core San Francisco job centers (Downtown, Civic Center, South of Market and Mission Bay) to account for current and forecasted job and housing growth. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission, in partnership with several local and regional transit and transportation entities, spearheaded the grant application.
· $235,000 for Old Town Goleta: Hollister Complete Street Corridor Plan: The grant will fund a planning project to develop a Complete Streets Corridor Plan for the redesign of the Hollister Avenue Corridor, with a goal to make streets within the corridor safer and more convenient for all users and all travel modes. Funding was awarded to the City of Goleta in Santa Barbara County.
The U.S. Department of Transportation published a release today announcing that 72 transportation projects in 46 states will receive a total of $600 million in grants from this round of TIGER funding. According to the Department, it received 797 applications totaling $9 billion in requested project funding, 15 times the amount made available.
The TIGER program, which began as part of the federal Recovery Act, offers federal funding possibilities for large, multi-modal projects. These federal funds leverage money from private sector partners, state, local governments, metropolitan planning organizations and transit agencies. Since 2009, California has received a total of $106 million for transportation projects across the state.
California has a proven track record of maximizing its federal funding and successfully launching key infrastructure projects across California. This past August, the federal government rewarded California with a near-record $191.2 million in transportation funding after the state met all its 2014 transportation project federal deadlines. Each year, some states fail to spend all of their federal transportation funding before federal deadlines, causing those funds to revert to a federal pool to be redistributed to states like California that have completed all requirements and can use the additional money. Thanks to strong delivery efforts by Caltrans and local partners, California has been able to bring an additional $1.4 billion in federal funds for transportation over the last 10 years.