The Grand Boulevard Initiative recently won a $1.1 million federal TIGER II Planning grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation as well as a $1.7 million grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. The GBI's TIGER II application was one of only 33 successful planning applications out of hundreds and only 3% of the funding that was requested by all TIGER II applicants was awarded. Both of these wins are a major contribution towards advancing the GBI vision. A hearty congratulations to all Grand Boulevard Initiative project sponsors, Task Force members, Working Committee members, and staff.
U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery II (TIGER II)
The San Mateo County Transit District received a DOT TIGER II Planning grant for the Grand Boulevard Initiative. The focus of this grant application is to develop concrete strategies for removing the barriers to implementation of our vision, a necessary step for seizing the opportunities presented by the El Camino Corridor. The project is comprised of three separate but interrelated projects that will effectively address some main barriers facing the GBI:
- Designing El Camino Real as a Complete Street – The Complete Streets Design Plans will apply the design guidelines from the Corridor Plan to 6 to 10 key intersections and roadway segments in walkable urban nodes, in partnership with Caltrans.
- ECHO Phase II – Phase II will consist of four case studies in order to create a common basis for understanding the effects of corridor-wide development pattern and streetscape enhancements and to develop Corridor Guidance to Cities that addresses the “how to” of implementation.
- Infrastructure Needs Assessment and Financing Strategy - This project will evaluate the state of readiness of infrastructure to accommodate transit-supportive development in the El Camino Real Corridor and develop a strategy to provide and finance the infrastructure to accommodate the desired density and intensification.
MTC Climate Initiatives: Innovative Grant Program
In partnership with C/CAG, the Peninsula Congestion Relief Alliance, San Mateo County, and the City of Redwood City, the San Mateo County Transit District recently received funding via the MTC Climate Initiatives: Innovative Grant Program for the Making the Last Mile Connection pilot program. The Making the Last Mile Connection pilot program will implement a suite of transportation demand management (TDM) strategies for residents, employers and employees in Redwood City to test the contribution that TDM can make toward our regional Sustainable Communities Strategy. The project also will be a model for how other Grand Boulevard Initiative cities along the El Camino Real Corridor can implement short-range solutions to immediately reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The TDM strategies for which we are requesting funding include Car Sharing, Short-distance Vanpools, Telework and Flex-schedules, and Targeted Marketing. The TDM program and associated marketing also will include Bike Sharing and Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, for which funding is being sought under separate applications by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Association of Bay Area Governments respectively.
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