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Over the last couple of months, Los Angeles County has been reportedly awarded over two dozen grants for pedestrian and bicyclist projects throughout the city. Some of the projects approved include Jan.’s Measure M, a sales tax funded Active Transportation grants, and Feb.’s California Transportation Commission (CTC)’s staff recommendations for the 2021 Active Transportation Program grants. However, though cities and L.A. County are preparing grant applications to seek these funds, many of these projects are still in the planning phase and are subject to changes.
For Metro’s part, the agency’s board recently approved the first round of grants from a new funding source: Metro ActiveTransport, Transit and First/Last Mile program – called the MAT Program. The money is coming from the 2% set-aside in Measure M, which is expected to generate $857 million over 40 years. Metro had initially announced $75 million for this funding cycle, but reduced that to $63.1 million due to COVID-recession reduced sales tax revenue.
Moreover, Metro approved staff recommendations funding for 16 projects back in Jan. The funding is spread out over the next half a decade – from fiscal year 2021 through 2025. Streetsblog LA recently shared the full list of projects funded.
Among the Active Transportation Corridors, which total $31.6 million:
For First/Last Mile, which refers to completing an individual’s trip from public transit station to station by using a number of modes of transport like walking, riding, etc., the projects are:
Moreover, California Transportation Commission staff reportedly released their recommendations for which ATP applications to fund in Feb., though they still need to be approved by the CTC this month. L.A. County projects are all from the “Statewide Component” category which totals $241.5 million. There’s also a “Small Urban and Rural Component” category which totals $44.2 million.
The L.A. County 2021 ATP Grants include: