Caltrans Seeks Input on SB1 Planning Grants Guides

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We’ve previously reported on the recent passage of Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, which will raise approximately $52 billion in funding over the next 10 years specifically for transportation.  SB1 is now in full swing, and Caltrans is on a fast track to release new grant funding provided under the legislation.

On August 3, Caltrans released for public review and comment the final drafts of the SB 1 Sustainable Communities and Adaptation Planning Grant guides, which will provide more than $270 million in planning grants for local communities over the next decade.  These Grant Application Guides for the new SB 1 planning grant funds encompass the following:

  • Transportation Planning: Caltrans will provide $25 million in annual grants for planning to support the goals and best practices cited by the California Transportation Commission in its regional transportation plan guidelines.
  • Climate Change Adaptation Planning: Caltrans will provide $20 million over three years to agencies to support transportation infrastructure planning for areas that are potentially vulnerable to climate change.

The formal 30-day comment period for the final draft guides will be open through August 31.  The draft guidelines and comment forms can be found at http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/tpp/grants.html.  Additionally, two workshops will be held to discuss the Grant Application Guides.  The Sacramento workshop will be webcast live and viewable at http://ctmedia.dot.ca.gov/webcast/live/live_event.asp.

Grant applicants are encouraged to begin considering possible applications based on these drafts.  More details about the workshops, the grants and applications can be found at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/tpp/grants.html.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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