“STATE TRANSPORTATION GRANT PROVIDES $954, 502 FOR  MEASURE X FUNDED SALINAS SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PLAN”

STATE TRANSPORTATION GRANT PROVIDES $954, 502 FOR  MEASURE X FUNDED SALINAS SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PLAN

 MONTEREY COUNTY- The Transportation Agency for Monterey County, (TAMC) announced that TAMC in partnership with the city of Salinas, the County Health Department and Ecology Action, have been awarded a $954,502 State Transportation Planning Grant to improve walking and bicycling for children in 44 K-12 schools in the city of Salinas.

The Salinas Safe Routes to Schools plan will build upon the success of the plans underway in Marina and Seaside, also funded by a Caltrans state planning grant. Similar to the current work in Marina and Salinas, the Salinas project includes educational programs and on-the-ground audits of each of the schools, involving parents, teachers, staff and city departments in reviewing where pedestrian and bicycle safety can be improved, and vehicle movement can be streamlined.  This program is particularly important in Salinas due to a high pedestrian collision rate in the city. Over the past ten years, 350 children in the city have been injured in collisions.

Debbie Hale, Executive Director of TAMC, said, “This is a huge project and we want to thank all of our partners who played a critical part in obtaining this grant. We look forward to working with them to make it safer and easier 37,000 children in Salinas to walk and bike to school.”

The $954,502 grant will be matched with $128,863 of Measure X local transportation funds approved by the voters in 2016.  The Plan will build upon the multimodal safety and operational improvements identified in City of Salinas planning documents and the County Regional Transportation Plan to support mobility, social equity, safety and greenhouse gas reductions goals of the region’s Sustainable Communities Strategy.

The Transportation Agency for Monterey County, Monterey County Health Department, City of Salinas and Ecology Action will work together to develop and implement the Plan in coordination with the County Office of Education and four major school districts serving Salinas. The Plan will provide the basis for future infrastructure investments using local Measure X funds, the SB 1 local road rehabilitation program, and the infrastructure portion of the Active Transportation Program.

It’s anticipated that the Salinas Safe Routes to School Plan will be completed by February 2022.

For questions, please contact Ariana Green at (831) 775-4403 or by email at ariana@tamcmonterey.org

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