The Southern California Association of Governments has approved sustainability and transportation funding for several projects across the region, officials said.
In all, SCAG approved $9.6 million in funding for 54 projects throughout its six-county region, ranging from pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements to climate action plans to integrated land-use initiatives.
“These projects are critical to our county and our region to be able to meet state and federal air quality mandates, and to the overall safety, well-being and vitality of our communities,” said Margaret Finlay, First Vice President of SCAG and Mayor of Duarte. “With this funding, implementation of each of these projects moves that much closer to reality.”
The funding was divided into three categories:
— Active transportation grants will fund projects and programs that promote safety and encourage people to walk and bike more;
— Integrated land use grants will focus on sustainable land use and transportation planning;
— Green Regions Initiative grants will assist local jurisdiction in funding sustainability plans or studies;
Some of the projects and funding approved today by the Regional Council will next go to the California Transportation Commission and the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) for final approval.
Among the Foothills region projects receiving SCAG approval:
— “Go Human” Bike-Friendly Business programs in Baldwin Park ($168,500) and El Monte/South El Monte ($196,552). The Go Human campaign, sponsored by SCAG, is designed to promote bicycling and walking, as well as bike and pedestrian safety.
— The South El Monte Open Streets program ($200,000).
— First-mile/last-mile planning for the El Monte Transit Station ($50,000).
— The Arrow Highway Complete Street Demonstration in San Dimas ($183,400).
— The Empire Yards Station Specific Plan in Rancho Cucamonga ($200,000).
— The Town Center Traffic Plan in Duarte ($150,000).
— The Climate Action Plan in South Pasadena ($100,000).
— The Claremont Locally Grown Power program ($50,000).
— The San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments’ Greenway Network Implementation Plan ($200,000).
“The fact that there’s more funding available than ever before for active transportation and integrated land use shows how big a priority this has become,” said Hasan Ikhrata, Executive Director for SCAG. “The quality of life in our region is very much dependent upon these kinds of projects.”