RTA votes to fund $6.5 million in bicycle and pedestrian projects
The Regional Transportation Authority board voted unamiously to fund fund all the bicycle and pedestrian projects submitted to the RTA for funding.
Before the vote last month, the RTA made $2.7 million available for bike and pedestrian projects, but RTA’s Gabe Thum said it was clear the jurisdictions had good projects that deserved funding.
“We had about $6.5 million in requests and $2.7 million on the table available,” Thum said.
The board voted to increase the amount of money available to fund all the requests from the regional jurisdictions.
Thum said it has been two years since the RTA has funded any bicycle or pedestrian projects.
With the $6.5 million the board voted to spend on new projects, the RTA has spent about 50 percent of the $60 million earmarked for bicycle and pedestrian projects six years into the 20 year plan.
“We are six-and-half years into the 20-year plan and we are already at 50 percent of the spending,” Thum said. “If a HAWK light goes in today and it saves someone’s life it is even more useful than if we wait another 10 years and then put that HAWK light in. There is still a decade of safety benefit between now and then. It’s better to get these projects out there sooner rather than later.
Check out the list of projects that will be funded below and look for detailed stories about the projects in the coming weeks.