CALIFORNIA TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION APPROVES $12.4 MILLION IN MATCHING FUNDS FOR TWO MONTEREY COUNTY PROJECTS  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 CALIFORNIA TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION APPROVES $12.4 MILLION IN MATCHING FUNDS FOR TWO MONTEREY COUNTY PROJECTS

 Salinas, CA (January 31, 2019) — The Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) announced that the California Transportation Commission (CTC) approved $12.4 million from the Active Transportation Program to fund two Monterey County projects. $10.3 million was approved to fund the Fort Ord Regional Trail and Greenway (FORTAG) and $2.1 million was approved for a Safe Routes to School Education Program.

Debbie Hale, the Executive Director of TAMC, said, “We are pleased with the Commission’s decision.  This funding, once again, demonstrates, that with the use of Measure X, we can successfully apply for matching grants for projects that will benefit Monterey County. In this case, the matching funds are coming from the SB 1 funded Active Transportation Program.”

The funding for the FORTAG project will be matched with $2 million of Measure X funds. It will be used to fund the Highway 218 segment of the Fort Ord Regional Trail & Greenway, to construct a 1.5-mile paved bicycle and pedestrian trail segment of the proposed 32-mile Fort Ord Regional Trail & Greenway. The regional trail will improve safety, promote healthier lifestyles and the project provides a safe alternative to Highway 218, between Del Rey Woods Elementary School and Laguna Grande Regional Park.

 The $2.1 million education program will be matched with $82,000 in local funds. In partnership with the Monterey County Health Department, the money will be used to fund the “Every Child: Community-Supported Safe Routes to School” program.  The program will 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.

Ms. Hale, concluded by saying, that, “Now that the funding is secure, we will continue to work with our partners in cities of Del Rey Oaks, Seaside, Monterey and the Monterey County Health Department to implement the program.”

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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.