The Metropolitan Transportation Commission has announced millions of dollars will be awarded across the Bay Area through the One Bay Area Grant (OBAG) and Active Transportation Program (ATP) initiatives.
In all, $375 million in OBAG and $143 million in ATP funds were awarded in late January (Item 13) for multiple projects that provide much needed transportation funding for projects focused on neighborhood connectivity, active transportation, Bay Trail connections, transit improvements, countywide planning, and planning efforts in equity priority communities.
In San Jose, for example, money will go to Vision Zero safety improvements, conversion of one-way streets to two-ways, and completely revamping some streets to better accommodate walking, bicycling, and transit use.
“In 2022, San Jose had the most pedestrian and traffic-related deaths in our modern history – each death is a devastating and irreplaceable loss for our entire community,” said San Jose Mayor and MTC Commissioner Matt Mahan. “Our traffic safety challenges won’t fix themselves – and infrastructure improvements are one of the most significant ways to make the changes needed to save lives. San Jose is thankful to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission for funding these critical projects.”
In Marin County, money will be used for Marin Transit corridor improvements, a bike lane project along Bridgeway in Sausalito and the San Rafael Canal crossing project, among others.
“The grants are hugely important to help advance local projects that have been identified by the community as critical transportation needs,” said Anne Richman, the Transportation Authority of Marin Executive Director. “TAM and our agency partners now have this significant amount of funding to make projects a reality, see on the ground improvements and prepare for our future transportation needs. The projects that were awarded will have significant positive impacts on local communities. We are truly grateful to our funding partners at MTC as well as our state and federal partners.”
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