Following a push by Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, the California Department of Transportation awarded a Sustainable Communities grant to develop the East San Gabriel Valley Active Transportation Plan. Today, the Board of Supervisors approved acceptance of this grant and moved 21 East San Gabriel Valley communities closer to implementing a modern active transportation network.
“Sustainable, walkable communities improve quality of life for all residents,” said Supervisor Solis. “This funding will encourage the development of sustainable communities by soliciting resident feedback, enhance active transportation options like walking and biking, improve safety and air quality, and reduce traffic. It is my hope that our successes in the East San Gabriel Valley can provide a blueprint to promote 21st century communities in all unincorporated County neighborhoods.”
The scope of this project is to develop a comprehensive active transportation plan to promote walking, biking, and transit use among the 21 unincorporated County communities in the East San Gabriel Valley. The Plan will solicit community input, coordinate with neighboring cities, develop a scalable model, create a prioritized list of potential project corridors, and recommend intersection improvements.
The total development of the Plan is estimated at $500,000 and will take approximately 21 months to complete. The County was awarded a $325,000 planning grant from Caltrans via the Senate Bill 1 Sustainable Communities Program in December 2017. The remaining $175,000 will be matched locally from the First District’s Transportation Improvement Programs in the Proposition C Local Return Fund and Measure R Local Return fund, among others. This grant, and the local match, was approved today by the Board of Supervisors.
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