Two Local Projects Receive Caltrans Grants
Caltrans announced today the next round of local transportation planning grants totaling $41 million have been awarded. Local agencies will put this money to use for planning efforts and projects that support more sustainable communities, reduce transportation-related greenhouse gases and adapt for the effects of climate change.
“These grants will provide much needed funding to support the efforts by local and regional agencies to improve transportation in their communities,” said Caltrans Director Laurie Berman. “Planning is a crucial first step in creating projects that can ultimately lead to more long-lasting transportation improvements throughout the state.”
Among the grants awarded were nearly $31 million in Sustainable Communities grants, including $18.5 million for 64 local and regional multimodal transportation and land use planning projects and $12.5 million for Metropolitan Planning Organizations that represent urbanized areas of the State. These planning grants will provide funding to support regional sustainable community strategies and ultimately achieve the state’s greenhouse gas reductions targets of 40 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and 2050 respectively. The Road Repair and Accountability Act (SB 1) provides $25 million annually to this grant program which is awarded both competitively and by formula to eligible projects. The remaining $6 million in Sustainable Communities grants consists of a combination of State and Federal funds. Among projects awarded funding [is one in Humboldt County]:
Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan for Humboldt Bay Transportation Infrastructure, $425,000: This project will develop an adaptation plan for vulnerable transportation infrastructure built along the shoreline in Humboldt Bay that is highly susceptible to sea level rise and extreme weather events. The project area encompasses a majority of the Eureka-Arcata transportation corridor segment of Highway 101, as well as a portions of the Humboldt Bay Trail….
The Humboldt Transit Authority (HTA) will develop a Climate Risk and Adaptation Report and Electric Charging infrastructure Report, both of which will be compiled into a Climate Resilient Electrified Transit Plan…$153,650 HTA will identify climate risks to routes, transit hubs, maintenance yards, vehicle charging stations, and electrical equipment. This Plan will enable HTA to understand electric charging infrastructure requirements and costs while integrating climate adaptation, resiliency, and emergency planning efforts. This planning will identify benefits to the environment and disadvantaged communities by planning for an electrified bus fleet, which will reduce emissions and air pollutants.