TCTC awarded $572,000 in Caltrans Transportation Planning Grants

The Tuolumne County Transportation Council (TCTC) was awarded approximately $572,000 in funding for three transportation planning grants from Caltrans.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has awarded the Tuolumne County Transportation Council (TCTC) with a $143,974 Sustainable Communities Transportation Planning Grant for the Tuolumne Active Transportation Plan. The Tuolumne Active Transportation Plan will focus on a sustainable strategic vision to increase pedestrian and bicycling trips in the region. The Plan will identify short and long term pedestrian and bicycle projects in order to improve connectivity, improve access, and prioritize funding which will require collaboration between stakeholders to ensure implementation. The Plan will evaluate safe routes to schools, close pedestrian and bicycle gaps, expand regional trails, and provide safe crossings throughout the region. This Plan will help promote economic tourism to the region and provide opportunities for residents and tourists to actively pursue a healthy lifestyle.

• Reduce Traffic Congestion, Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG’s), and Reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT’S).

• Improve Pedestrian, Bicycle, Automobile, and Transit Safety.

• Implement Complete Streets.

• Eliminate large gaps in the pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure.

• Provide opportunities for stakeholders and the community to shape future transportation decisions.

• Identify critical short term and long term improvements projects.

Caltrans has awarded the TCTC with a $318,053 Sustainable Communities Transportation Planning Grant for the Promoting Safe Bicycle Travel Opportunities for Bicycle Tourism and Economic Development Plan. The TCTC will lead an interregional five region effort with Calaveras, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Alpine to improve bicycle safety, enhance the region for bicycle tourism, and enhance multi-modal travel. The Plan will examine existing bicycle corridors, identifying priority routes for improved bicycle travel, analyzing existing conditions, identifying key improvements, and identifying region-specific strategies for enhancing and promoting bicycle tourism. A robust outreach strategy will ensure that the project meets the needs of local stakeholders. A final report will detail priority projects, conceptual designs, and cost estimates, as well as next steps and funding strategies.

Caltrans has awarded the TCTC with a $110,490 Strategic Partnership Transportation Planning Grant for the 2019 Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plans for Calaveras, Amador, and Tuolumne Counties. The goal of this project is to enhance mobility and the quality of life by improving coordination of transportation services within these three counties. The Coordinated Plan will include an inventory of available transportation services, assessment of transportation needs for disadvantaged populations, list of prioritized strategies, activities and/or projects to address the identified needs and gaps, and an implementation plan. The coordinated plans will directly lead to project eligibility for Federal Transit Administration grant funding. The objective is to prioritize funding strategies that will improve the mobility of persons with disabilities, elderly individuals, or low-income individuals.