Sidewalk Grant Interim Results – Fingers Still Crossed

We received the disappointing news that seven Castro Valley sidewalk grant proposals that BikeWalkCV helped Alameda County Public Works Agency (PWA) write were not funded in the first round of state level funding in Active Transportation Program (ATP) Grant Cycle II. All is not lost, however. The proposals that did not make the cut are now being evaluated at the regional level. Our proposals will be reviewed by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), where another $30 million is available for projects. Our fingers are still firmly crossed that we’ll hear some good news from the MTC in October.
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Sidewalks Needed on Center Street

Here are some helpful stats that will illuminate the scoring in this first round:
  • 617 grant proposals received by ATP for $1 billion in funding
    • 86 grants awarded for $179.7 million (our highest ranking grants were #112 and #114)
  • 88 points was the scoring cut-off for funding; our proposals scored as follows:
    • 84.5 points – Stanton
    • 84 points – Somerset
    • 82 points – Proctor
    • 76 points – Heyer
    • 70 points – Anita
    • 70 points – Santa Maria
    • 62 points – Center
  • 88% of the funding went to disadvantaged communities (Castro Valley does not qualify here, making our high ranking even more impressive as qualifying communities received up to 10 points for this category)
  • 2 grants were awarded out of 30 applications from Alameda County
    • Our proposals ranked 3, 4, 7, 13, 19, 20 and 23 in Alameda County
The listing of proposals in scoring order is here: ATP Applications – Scoring Order
The listing of proposals in county order is here: ATP Applications – County Order
This topic is on the Castro Valley Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) agenda for the next meeting on Wednesday, September 30 at 6:30pm at the CV Library, and all are encouraged to attend. In addition, we’ll talk about other ways we can fund our critical need for sidewalks in our community, particularly those that are near our schools.

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