WHERE IS THE MONEY GOING?
The transportation bill funds an additional $1 billion for the Active Transportation Program (ATP) over the next ten years —that’s an additional $100 million per year for cities, counties and regional transportation agencies to build more bike paths, cross-walks and sidewalks.
California has ambitious goals to double walking and triple bicycling trips by 2020, and reduce bicycle and pedestrian fatalities by ten percent each year - SB 1 will will help Caltrans reach these goals.
At least one-quarter of ATP funds are designated to disadvantaged communities.
WHY INVEST IN ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION?
It’s imperative to have sustainable, multimodal transportation choices that include more than just roads. The Active Transportation Program provides options for other methods of transportation that will enhance public health and improve air quality by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- Redirecting traffic off the roadways reduces air pollution, curtails traffic congestion, and improves safety
- Bicycle and pedestrian projects expand healthy travel choices, while meeting air-quality goals, promoting a low-carbon economy, and meeting environmental standards
- Bicycle and pedestrian projects will lead to improved connections between local and regional roads, public transit, and intercity and passenger rail
- Designing safe streets that provide room for bicycling and walking helps children and adults get physical activity
The California Transportation Commission adopted two years' worth of projects for each of the three components of the ATP.
- Final Adopted 2017 ATP Augmentation - Statewide Component- October 18, 2017
- Final Adopted 2017 ATP Augmentation Small Urban and Rural Component - October 18, 2017
- Final Adopted 2017 ATP Augmentation – Metropolitan Planning Organizations Component - December 5, 2017 & January 31, 2018
Caltrans is currently hosting application workshops around the state for projects eligible for 2019 ATP funding.
Seeley Elementary School Sidewalk Improvements
SB 1 Program funding: $369,000 from the SB 1 Active Transportation Program
Location: Seeley, Imperial County
Agency: Southern California Association of Governments
The Seeley Elementary School Sidewalk Improvement Project was awarded $369,000 from the ATP to create safer routes for its students in Seeley, Imperial County. On Rio Vista Street near the elementary school, there are no sidewalks or gutters. When it rains, staff put out pallets so children can cross ankle deep water.
The project proposes to add sidewalks with driveway access (where required), curbs, gutters, and infill paving, including crossing and signage improvements to provide a safer passage to school. Eighty-seven percent of the students in the disadvantaged community are eligible for free or reduced price lunches.
The Coachella Valley Link
SB 1 Program funding: $5.5 million from the SB 1 Active Transportation Program
Location: Coachella Valley, Riverside County
Agency: Coachella Valley Association of Governments
Project Link: CV Link project information page
The Coachella Valley in Riverside County has long had a need for a transportation route and recreational pathway that will provide a safer, healthy alternative to State Route 111. The Coachella Valley Link is a 50-mile-long pathway to connect eight of the nine cities in the Coachella Valley and three Indian Tribal lands. It was awarded $5.5 million from the ATP.
The plan includes a 6-foot-wide pedestrian pathway and a 14-foot-wide concrete path for cyclists and Low-Speed Electric Vehicles, complete with charging stations along the route. This project increases accessibility for seniors and disabled residents and will also provide a safer route for kids to go to school and serve as a meeting place for community activities and events.