An additional $435,000 will be used for sidewalk and road improvements if the Galt City Council approves allocating state transportation funds to specific projects at tonight’s meeting.
Each year, the city receives an apportionment from the state to spend on transit-related projects including bicycle and pedestrian programs. The funding is channeled through the Sacramento Area Council of Governments and is made possible through the Transit Development Act.
Local transportation and state transit assistance funds together are used to provide non-vehicular transportation services such as transit service and related equipment, as well as capital improvements, new Public Works Director Steven Winkler said.
The city uses its annual allocation of funds to contract for transit services with other local transit agencies and provide sidewalk repairs, disabled access ramp upgrades and bike lane improvements. Any funding left over from these activities goes to augment general roadway needs within the city, according to Winkler.
“Without the TDA funds provided through SACOG — the regional transportation planning agency — Galt would not be able to provide its popular dial-a-ride and commuter express bus services, and would be challenged to address the many pedestrian and bicycle needs within the city,” he said.
Last year, SACOG determined the city was building up a reserve that needed to be used, and following the audit SACOG helped the city develop a plan to spend the money, according to city officials.
This year’s projects include:
- Increasing funding for the ongoing pavement maintenance program by $426,577.
- Continuing upgrading city sidewalks to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act at a cost of $8,857.
Although the money has already been allocated by SACOG, city council approval is needed to make changes to the 2012-13 budget approved in June.
Tonight’s meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the City Hall City Council chambers, 380 Civic Drive, Galt.
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