SACRAMENTO — The California Transportation Commission (CTC) this week approved $1 billion for 93 new walking and biking projects for disadvantaged communities as part of the 2023 Active Transportation Program and allocated more than $878 million for projects to repair and improve transportation infrastructure throughout the state. The allocation includes more than $209 million in funding from the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (IIJA) and more than $339 million in funding from Senate Bill (SB) 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.
The active transportation projects approved at the meeting will benefit disadvantaged communities throughout California, two-thirds of which will implement safe routes for children to walk or bike to school. The projects make up more than half of the 2023 Active Transportation Program, with an additional $700 million to be awarded in the spring. Much of the funding comes from a one-time infusion of $1 billion for active transportation in the 2022-23 state budget as part of a nearly $15 billion transportation infrastructure package.
“California and our federal partners are continuing to make historic headway in addressing our transportation needs and advancing safety, equity, climate action and economic prosperity,” said Caltrans Director Tony Tavares. “Importantly, this includes significant investments in infrastructure that allows everyone to access active means of transportation, like walking and biking.”
Active transportation projects approved at the meeting include:
Ojai: Pedestrian & bike safety improvements along Ojai Avenue from El Roblar Drive on the west end through the State Route 150 & Maricopa Highway (State Route 33) intersections to Gridley Road on the east end. Pedestrian improvements will increase crosswalk visibility with curb extensions; Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons; signage; sidewalk infill & shade trees. Constructing 18,700 feet of Class II bike lane, 1,360 feet of sidewalk, four curb ramps; two crosswalks and four pedestrian heads.
$2.1 million. Includes IIJA and ATP funding.
The $878 million in projects the CTC approved include:
Malibu: State Route 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) 0.4 mile north of Yerba Buena Road. Restore wave damaged Rock Slope. $1.39 million. SHOPP funded.
Moorpark: State Route 118 at the Arroyo Simi Overhead. Install suicide deterrent fences along bridges. $384,000.00. SHOPP funded.
Antelope Valley Transit Authority: Procurement of six zero-emission micro-transit vehicles and six zero-emission school buses. $2.07 million.
SB 1 provides $5 billion in transportation funding annually that is shared equally between the state and local agencies. Road projects progress through construction phases more quickly based on the availability of SB 1 funds, including projects that are partially funded by SB 1. For more information about transportation projects funded by SB 1, visit RebuildingCA.ca.gov.