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Grand Boulevard Initiative awarded $350,000 Caltrans grant

green logoJune 27, 2016 – Joint Venture Silicon Valley announced today that Caltrans has awarded the Grand Boulevard Initiative a Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant of nearly $350,000 for multimodal streetscape improvements to El Camino Real in Palo Alto and Redwood City.

Joint Venture is a partner in the initiative with Caltrans, SamTrans, the cities of Palo Alto and Redwood City, C/CAG, VTA, the San Mateo County Health System and the Santa Clara County Health Department.

The funds will facilitate a comprehensive public engagement process for planning in the two cities, chosen based on their high proportion of bicycle and pedestrian collision rates.

“This is a significant boost for the project that will allow the public engagement phase and conceptual design plans to move forward,” said Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture and co-chair of the Grand Boulevard Task Force.

The Grand Boulevard Initiative: Creating Safe and Healthy Corridor Communities Project facilitates improvements to create a roadway that is safe and accessible for all users, is integrated with proposed sustainable development and enhances multimodal choices by encouraging pedestrian and transit activity.

Community engagement and conceptual design work is expected to begin in early 2017, with project completion in late 2018.

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