Best Practice Category:
The program provides grants to create plans that strengthen the connection between transportation and community goals. TOD plans are eligible activities, and the program gives priority consideration to projects that integrate transportation programs with community preservation and environmental activities. The grant program was established to support the state’s six transportation planning goals:
- Improve multi-modal mobility and accessibility for all people
- Preserve the multi-modal transportation system
- Support a vibrant economy
- Improve public safety and security
- Foster livable and healthy communities and promote social equity
- Practice environmental stewardship
Applicants may either apply for a strategic partnership grant or a sustainable communities grant. Strategic partnership grants award up to $500,000 to support transportation planning studies of interregional and statewide significance, in partnership with Caltrans. Only Metropolitan Planning Organizations or Regional Transportation Planning Authorities are eligible for strategic partnership awards. Sustainable communities’ grants also award a maximum of $500,000. These grants fund studies of multimodal transportation issues having statewide, interregional, regional, or local significance. Local transit agencies and municipalities may apply for these awards.
- Supports sustainable development around multimodal transit hubs
- Preserves existing communities
- Enhances mobility within target communities through enhanced transportation options
Funding from the Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program was used to support the Los Angeles River Bikeway Feasibility Study. The Los Angeles River runs through the heart of the county’s urban area. Since the early 20th century, nearly the entire river flows through concrete channels. In recent years, the river has become the focus community members hoping to increase the availability of amenities to community residents.
The grant supported the evaluation of a wide range of alternatives, challenges, and presents recommendations for installing a regionally connected bikeway within the City’s portion of the Los Angeles River. Overcoming physical obstacles along the River has prevented installing a bikeway in the past, but recent advocacy efforts have made this plan a top priority for the region. The grant supports the assessment of current conditions, engineering analyses, and analysis of options for extending the bikeway.
The grant program supported outreach by Active Streets Los Angeles on developing a plan for improved bicycle and pedestrian safety. Active Streets Los Angeles is a comprehensive, community-based outreach process that empowers residents to create safe walking and bicycling routes to parks, schools and local businesses along their neighborhood streets. The group has successfully advocated for traffic calming measures around Los Angeles.
The grant allows Active Streets Los Angeles, in partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation, to solicit community input and develop concept plans for bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements consistent with the City’s 2010 Bicycle Plan and draft Mobility Plan 2035’s neighborhood network. The result will be a technically feasible and thoroughly vetted network of proposed safety improvements throughout targeted neighborhoods in South LA.