Department of Transportation funds boost initiative
October 27, 2010 - Joint Venture's Grand Boulevard Initiative, a collaboration of cities, government agencies and community leaders working to transform El Camino Real into a world-class boulevard, has received a $1.1 million federal transportation grant, it was announced today.
The Grand Boulevard Initiative was among 33 innovative transportation projects to receive the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery II (TIGER II) planning grants, of nearly 700 applications. TIGER II grants are awarded to projects that have a significant impact on the nation, region or metropolitan area.
"This grant recognizes the hard work of the task force and validates the importance of public-private collaboration to achieve meaningful economic development in our region," said Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network.
“This is an important step toward the revitalization of the El Camino Real corridor,” said Rep. Jackie Speier, who has been actively seeking federal funding for the project, along with Rep. Anna Eshoo. “With this funding, we will see a jewel in our communities within our lifetimes.”
“For 150 years, El Camino Real has been an important thoroughfare for travel and commerce between San Francisco and San Jose, but it has not evolved as communities expanded and traffic increased,” said Eshoo. “The Grand Boulevard project will transform El Camino Real, integrating it into the surrounding communities, improving its appearance and easing traffic congestion.”
The initiative is working to create neighborhoods around train stations and transit centers that have a mix of housing, shops, business and recreation. These neighborhoods will include open plazas and parks that will serve as public gathering places.
This grant is the latest in a number of successful achievements for the Grand Boulevard Initiative, which include:
- A recent planning award for organizational leadership from the California Chapter of the American Planning Association.
- Recommended funding for a Metropolitan Transportation Commission “Bay Area Climate Initiatives” grant for $1.4 million.
- Completion of the Grand Boulevard Multimodal Transportation Corridor Plan.
- Release of the preliminary findings for the Economic and Housing Opportunities Assessment for the corridor.
For more information about the Grand Boulevard Initiative, visit www.grandboulevard.net
About Grand Boulevard
Established in 2006, the Grand Boulevard Initiative is partnership with the City/County Association of Government, Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Mateo County Economic Development Association and the San Mateo County Transit District. The inter-jurisdictional collaboration joins together 19 cities, two counties, regional planning and transit agencies, business, labor, housing advocates and environmentalists to improve the performance, safety and aesthetics of the Mission Street-El Camino Real corridor between Daly City and San Jose.