Partnership in the News: Bike advocates win big in Bay Area

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In 2010 the East Bay Regional Park District received a $10.2 million TIGER II grant to fill the gaps in bike and pedestrian trails in Northern California and connect more than 200 miles of existing trial.

Greater San Francisco has some of the most congested roads and highways in the country and the population is expected to grow significantly over the next few decades – only adding to the problem. Providing residents  safe, alternative modes of transportation will be critical to reduce future traffic congestion.

Existing trails in the district often parallel major roads and are used extensively by commuters seeking alternatives to congested freeways. One section of the new trails will run adjacent to the region’s metro system, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), and will connect some economically distressed neighborhoods. Often times these neighborhoods lack access to safe and affordable transportation. Protected bike lanes and sidewalks will provide residents in these areas with safe routes to get around town.

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Conference: Renewing the Regional Commitment: An Exploration of Federal Activities (Feb. 13-15, 2011)

With so much momentum around sustainability at the federal level, including the critical role of regional coordination, the 2011  National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) conference topic is apt: “Renewing the Regional Commitment: An Exploration of Federal Activities.” The conference agenda features topics such as: Exploring the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee National implications of … Continued

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Transportation for America releases interactive map of TIGER and TIGER II projects

Transportation for America has compiled a Google map that shows every transportation project funded through TIGER and TIGER II — check out the fully interactive version on their website, where you can click on any place marker for detailed information on that project. See T4A’s interactive TIGER Map You may also be interested in EPA’s … Continued

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HUD announces $40M in Sustainable Community Challenge Grant awards

View the HUD press release and list of Community Challenge Grant/TIGER II planning grant awards here. (It’s a busy day for grant award information — the complete list of TIGER II planning and construction grant recipients can be seen here.) The HUD Community Challenge grant application was issued jointly with TIGER II planning grants. Demand … Continued

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Congressional offices announce some TIGER II awards in advance of official USDOT release

Want to stay on top of this and other federal sustainability news? Subscribe to our email updates or RSS feed using the links in the top right corner! UPDATE 10/20/2010: The TIGER II awards lists have been released! View the capital grant recipients list here, and view the planning recipients list here. In advance of … Continued

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DOT & HUD receive nearly 1,700 applications for TIGER II and Community Challenge grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation received nearly 1000 applications for TIGER II construction grants, while DOT and the Department of Housing and Urban Development together received nearly 700 applications for TIGER II/Community Challenge planning grants. Applications were received from all 50 states, D.C., and territories. As part of the Sustainable Communities Partnership’s efforts to break … Continued

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Community Challenge/TIGER II webinar presentation is now available

FHWA has posted the presentation slides from the July 1 HUD Community Challenge/TIGER II Planning Grants webinar here. During this webinar, Beth Osborne (DOT) and Mariia Zimmerman (HUD) addressed basic eligibility requirements and then, importantly, took the opportunity to discuss how applications for these jointly administered grants can move from merely eligible to become truly … Continued

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Choosing the right HUD planning grant for your project

With so many new opportunities arising out of the federal Sustainable Communities Partnership, it can be difficult to determine which federal grants you should pursue for your community’s planned initiative. If you are deciding whether to apply for a HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant or a joint TIGER II/Community Challenge Planning Grant, this chart … Continued

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Notes from TIGER II Discretionary Grants and HUD Community Challenge Planning Grants Webinar

Over 430 individuals attended a webinar on July 1 hosted by federal officials from HUD and DOT to discuss the jointly issued TIGER II Discretionary Grants and HUD Community Challenge Planning Grants. If you were unable to attend, we have included some key notes from the webinar below to help your state and community compete … Continued

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