On Our Way Grants Start Improving Mobility Options This Summer

Lake Tahoe, CA/NV— The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) in its role as the Tahoe Metropolitan Planning Organization (TMPO) has awarded over $550,000 in grant funding to Lake Tahoe organizations for community-based planning projects aimed at sustainability and improved mobility options around the Lake, the Agency said today.

The On Our Way Community Grant Program is a new program that will help community organizations and local governments identify transportation and other improvements that improve walking and biking, create safer streets, and support economic vitality. Applicants were invited in March of this year to apply for funding to create project plans or programs that advance regional sustainability goals, according to TRPA/TMPO Transportation Planning Manager Nick Haven.

“The projects that came forward this year are perfect examples of how we can tie together air quality and community well-being to achieve the goals of sustainability,” Haven said. “These grants will help support the Regional Plan and Regional Transportation Plan by advancing projects that improve mobility and connectivity, and provide residents and visitors transportation choices for getting to the places they need to go.”

[Updated April 22, 2014]
The funded projects are shown below. Those noted are pending available funds.

Organization Project Name Amount Funded

Lake Tahoe Unified School District
South Tahoe Middle School Area Connectivity Plan $153,625
Placer County Public Works Tahoe City Mobility Improvements $73,469 
El Dorado County Meyers Sustainable Mobility Plan Project $200,000
Washoe County Mt. Rose Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan (Lake Tahoe Portion) $46,733
Washoe County Signage Master Plan for SR 28 National Scenic Corridor & NV Stateline to Stateline Shared Use Path $53,000
Tahoe Rim Trail Association Connecting Tahoe Rim Trail Users to Transportation Alternatives $25,744
Douglas County Lower Kingsbury Environment and Economic Gateway Project $77,860
Waiting list
Placer County Public Works North Tahoe Demonstration Project $125,958
Waiting list

The On Our Way grants are part of the Lake Tahoe Sustainable Communities Program, which lays out strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through projects like bike and pedestrian trails energy efficiency, and other measures that also improve economic and community well-being. More information about On Our Way is available on the Tahoe Metropolitan Planning Organization website, http://www.tahoempo.org/OnOurWay.aspx

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency leads the cooperative effort to preserve, restore, and enhance the unique natural and human environment of the Lake Tahoe Region, while improving local communities, and people’s interactions with our irreplaceable environment. The Tahoe Metropolitan Planning Organization is a special designation given to TRPA by the U.S. Congress for transportation planning purposes. For additional information, call Jeff Cowen at (530) 308-5539 or email him at jcowen@trpa.org.

MEDIA RELEASE-On Our Way Grant Awards Updated 4-22-2014

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