FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CALIFORNIA TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ALLOCATES $2.3 MILLION FOR MONTEREY COUNTY PROGRAMS & PROJECTS
Salinas, CA (August 16, 2019) — The Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) announced that the Agency will receive $2.3 million in state funding from the California Transportation Commission for local transportation programs and projects.
This week, the Commission approved allocations for the “Every Child: Community-Supported Safe Routes to School” program, the Transportation Agency’s coordination efforts, and the Fort Ord Regional Trail and Greenway-Highway 218 segment.
An award of $2.1 million in the Active Transportation Program was allocated for the “Every Child: Community-Supported Safe Routes to School” program. This funding will be matched with $82,000 in local Measure X funds to assist TAMC in partnership with the Monterey County Health Department, to establish safe routes to school community networks and use innovative tools to provide long-lasting and year-round education in 10 disadvantaged communities in the Salinas Valley, the Monterey Peninsula and unincorporated North Monterey County.
$234,000 was allocated to the Transportation Agency to coordinate planning, programming and delivery of local projects with Caltrans and the California Transportation Commission.
In addition, $600,000 of the Senate Bill 1 Local Partnership Program funds for the full Fort Ord Regional Trail and Greenway project was re-programmed for the Highway 218 segment of the project. These funds will be matched with $802,000 of Measure X dollars and $1,200,000 state Active Transportation Program dollars for design and Right-of-Way for this segment of the 32-mile regional trail which will improve safety, promote healthier lifestyles and provide a safe alternative to Highway 218, between Del Rey Woods Elementary School and Laguna Grande Regional Park.
Debbie Hale, the Executive Director of TAMC, said, “This additional state funding is a result of the competitive strength we bring to the table by having local Measure X dollars to match with state funds.” She also pointed out that the local partnership fund, authorized through Senate Bill 1, “is only available to counties, cities, districts, and regional transportation agencies with voter approved fees or taxes solely dedicated to transportation improvements.”
The Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) is responsible for investing in regional transportation projects for Monterey County residents, businesses and visitors. The mission of TAMC is to develop and maintain a multimodal transportation system that enhances mobility, safety, access, environment quality and economic activities in Monterey County. For more information visit www.tamcmonterey.org or call 831.775.0903.