The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has awarded $9.2 million in Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants aimed at helping local municipalities add transit, cycling and walking into transportation plans.
The department points out the grants are only for planning purposes, and it received 132 applications at a value of roughly $30 million.
“Sustainability is important at every stage of a project, from planning to construction,” says Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “These grants help Caltrans achieve its mission of providing a safe, sustainable, integrated and efficient transportation system and ensure all Californians have more livable and economically vibrant communities.”
The agency reports the grants “include plans and studies for complete streets, connectivity, multimodal transportation, transit hubs and station areas, corridors, active transportation and community engagement outreach throughout the state.”
Caltrans gave roughly 16 percent of the total for Strategic Partnership grants designed to encourage regional agencies to work with the department in dealing with “statewide/interregional transportation deficiencies” in the state highway system, boost government relationships all in an effort to created “programmed system improvements.”
The rest of the funds were given as Sustainable Community grants for working on mobility needs.
A full list of the recipients, which is comprised of cities, counties, transit agencies, tribal governments and metropolitan and regional transportation entities, is available at the Caltrans Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program page.