PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, September 15, 2014

Goleta Receives $236,000 for Old Town Transportation Project

Goleta Receives $236,000 for Old Town Transportation Project

The City of Goleta is thrilled to announce it has been awarded $236,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to support the Hollister Avenue Complete Streets Corridor Project in Old Town Goleta. The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER Discretionary Grant program, is extremely competitive and provides an opportunity for the DOT to invest in road, rail, transit, and port projects.

“The City has been planning transportation improvements for Old Town for many years,” said Goleta Mayor Michael T. Bennett. “This funding is critical to getting this important project off the ground. Improving circulation and creating an efficient environment that works for motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, and transit is something we look forward to providing.”

The funding will be used to conduct engineering and traffic studies along a stretch of Hollister Avenue in Old Town Goleta. Some of the plan goals include:

- Expanding Old Town Goleta’s transportation options by making streets within the corridor safer and more convenient for all travel modes (including driving, walking, bicycling, and transit) and for all road users (including seniors, children, and disabled persons).
- Help Old Town Goleta’s businesses thrive by making the streets and sidewalks better places to walk, shop, dine, wander and linger.
- Provide accessible, safe and convenient multi-modal connections to employment, educational, and recreational centers from Old Town.
- Increase community health by encouraging active forms of transportation
- Improve environmental quality by sustainably increasing landscaping along Hollister Corridors and medians and streetscapes.

The City of Goleta is the only agency in Central California to receive funding this cycle. A map of awardees can be found here:

This grant will provide partial funding for the project. Other grant funding will be sought for the balance of the needed funding.

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