Caltrans released the staff list of recommendations for this year’s round of the Active Transportation Program funding cycle last week. In it were some winners and others for us out here in the Inland Empire.
The Active Transportation Program combined several fragmented pots of money allotted for several different years into one single feeding frenzy. Emphasis was placed on projects that benefit disadvantaged communities and Safe Routes to School and the proposals delivered.The vast majority of the proposals purported to tick one or both of those boxes, which led to some noggin scratching at some of the “disadvantaged” communities on the initial list.
Nevertheless, lots of good did come out of it. Without making this a publication to rival the length of Atlas Shrugged, a brief look at the local projects competitive at the State level [PDF] is prepared below. It’s organized by county and is based off preliminary staff recommendations. Formal adoption of the awards for the State/Rural level will occur on the 20th, after which everything that didn’t get funded goes down to the MPO level. For the Inland Empire, that means SCAG will be doling out its portion of funds to the remaining projects.
- County Department of Public Health
- SRTS Active Transportation Program City of Perris $350k
- SRTS City of Jurupa Valley $500k
- Jurupa ValleySRTS Troth St. $627k
- Pyrite St. SRTS $665k
- Moreno Valley – Citywide SRTS Ped Facility Improvements $1.64mn
- Murrieta Road Ped Improvements $1.10mn
- Perris Valley Storm Drain Channel Trail $1.20mn
- Riverside – Downtown and Adjoining Areas Bicycle and Ped Improvements $877k
- San Jacinto – Safe & Active San Jacinto SRTS $989k
County IE total*: $7,950,000
San Bernardino County
- Colton – Active Transportation Plan $265k
- Omnitrans ** – West Valley Corridor Connector $3.5mn
- Ontario – SRTS Active Transportation: Bon View, Corona, Euclid, and Vineyard Avenue Elementary Schools $1.16mn
- Rialto – SRTS Plan $1.45mn
- SanBAG SRTS Plan $400k
- Metrolink Station Accessibility Improvement $4.68mn
- Yucaipa – Safe Routes to Calimesa and Wildwood Elementary Schools $872k
County IE total*: $12,327,000
*Not included in these counts were awards to cities outside of the area generally considered to be the “Inland Empire”, which can admittedly be somewhat nebulous. If all projects are included from all areas of both counties, Riverside County total would be $21,931,000 and the San Bernardino County total $13,422,000.
**Though listed as part of the county ‘VAR’ on the Caltrans worksheet, Omnitrans has been included as part of San Bernardino County totals because it operates almost exclusively within communities in San Bernardino County, with only two or three lines entering Los Angeles or Riverside counties. Without the Omnitrans award (but including all awards within the County), the San Bernardino County total would be $9,922,000.