RELEASE DATE: Wednesday, January 13, 2016
CONTACT: Theresa Wright
STATE REINSTATES FUNDING FOR CASTROVILLE PROJECT
MONTEREY COUNTY – The Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) announced that California Transportation Commission has restored funding for the Castroville Bicycle and Pedestrian Overcrossing. This decision comes a month after the Commission announced that due to a shortfall of $150 million in funding, they would delay funding for several projects statewide, including the Castroville Bicycle and Pedestrian Overcrossing.
“We are delighted to learn that funding for this vital project has been restored. By restoring the $6.6 million, the County of Monterey will be able to move forward on this project. We can provide students with a safe route to school by building a bicycle and pedestrian crossing over the railroad tracks in Castroville,” said Debbie Hale, the Executive Director of the Transportation Agency for Monterey County.
At the moment, students walking or bicycling to and from the high school must walk past the paved road, up and over an active railroad track and along a farm field, which is often muddy. In addition to a bicycle and pedestrian bridge crossing over the railroad tracks, a new path would be built parallel to Highway 156, connecting downtown Castroville to North County High School.
Hale, went on to say, “while we are pleased that funding for this project has been reinstated, there are so many more needs that we must address… our crumbling roads are filled with potholes, traffic congestion on local highways, and other ways to make walking and biking safer in all of our communities.”
It is the uncertainty in funding like this situation with the Castroville project, which prompted the Agency to explore the option of becoming a “self-help” county by passing a transportation sales tax measure. The passage of the measure would ensure that Monterey County would have locally controlled dollars to address transportation needs. Should TAMC decide to pursue a ballot measure in November 2016, Monterey County could join twenty other “self-help” counties in the state who have passed transportation measures. In each case, these are locally controlled dollars that cannot be taken back by the state and it ensures some funding is available to address the community’s need.
It would provide a solution to enhance the quality of life and economic vitality of Monterey County by making repairs, upgrades and improvements to our aging and deteriorating transportation system.
For more information contact, Theresa Wright, Community Outreach Coordinator, at (831) 775-4411 or Theresa@tamcmonterey.org.
“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.”