“CTC APPROVES $1.198 MILLION ALLOCATION TO FUND RIGHT OF WAY CERTIFICATION FOR THE SR 218 CANYON DEL REY SEGMENT OF THE FORTAG PROJECT”

RELEASE DATE:             Friday, August 14, 2020

CONTACT:                      Theresa Wright

PHONE:                           831-775-4411

E-MAIL:                           theresa@tamcmonterey.org

“CTC APPROVES $1.198 MILLION ALLOCATION TO FUND RIGHT OF WAY CERTIFICATION FOR THE SR 218 CANYON DEL REY SEGMENT OF THE FORTAG PROJECT”

 MONTEREY COUNTY – The California Transportation Commission (CTC) approved the allocation of nearly $1.2 million of Senate Bill 1 Active Transportation Program funds yesterday for right of way certification for the SR 218 Canyon Del Rey Segment of the Fort Ord Regional Trail and Greenway (FORTAG).

This funding comes upon the heels of an allocation in June of $600,000 from SB1 Partnership Program funds for the design of this segment of the FORTAG project. With the combination of both allocations, the Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) anticipates that the design and right of way certification will be complete in 2021.  Construction on the Canyon Del Rey segment of the FORTAG project will begin in 2022.

The Fort Ord Regional Trail and Greenway is a regional Measure X project approved by voters in the Transportation Safety & Investment Plan in 2016.  Having this local measure, has enabled TAMC to successfully leverage more than $34 million of additional transportation funding into Monterey County for local and regional projects. The $1.198 allocation is another example of that success.

The Canyon Del Rey segment is a 1.5-mile paved bicycle and pedestrian trail segment of the proposed 28-mile Fort Ord Regional Trail & Greenway. It will improve safety, promote healthier lifestyles and the project provides a safe alternative to Highway 218, between Del Rey Woods Elementary School in Del Rey Oaks and the Laguna Grande Regional Park in Seaside.

The vision for the Measure X funded Fort Ord Regional Trail & Greenway (FORTAG) is to create a multimodal route designed to accommodate people of all ages and abilities that connects communities in and around the former Fort Ord to each other and to education, employment, community and recreation centers. It will serve as a safe pedestrian and bicycle corridor connecting the cities of Seaside, Marina, Del Rey Oaks, Monterey and unincorporated community residents to California State University Monterey Bay, the Fort Ord National Monument, and the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail.

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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.”