Santa Monica Lookout
Santa Monica to Seek $12 Million in Transit Funding
By Lookout Staff
January 7, 2012 -- Santa Monica will seek more than $12 million in grants from Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to help bankroll seven major capital projects across the city.
The projects include everything from signal synchronization and bus speed improvements to bike paths and parking, as well as pedestrian enhancements around the proposed Downtown Expo Light Rail stations.
On Tuesday, the City Council is expected to adopt a resolution to authorize the seven applications, which are due January 18, for grant funds in the amount of $12,268,050.
The funding would pay for projects to:
All applications require a local cash match that, in most cases, amounts to some 20 percent of the amount awarded, officials said.
The MTA Board will adopt the selected Call for Projects on September 26, Pastucha said. City staff will then prepare an information item to notify the council of the applications that have been awarded funding.
In a separate item on Tuesday's consent calendar, staff will recommend that the council make a formal recommendation to the Metro Board to name the Expo light rail stations in Santa Monica the "Downtown Santa Monica" station, the "Colorado/17th Street/SMC" station and the "26th Street/Bergamot" station.
The proposed names would "comply with Metro’s guidelines and convey geographic meaning to users of the three Expo light rail stations within the City of Santa Monica," staff wrote in its report to the council.
"Station naming is a way to provide clear information to the patron about the location of the station as well as to create an identity for the station reflecting the station context or vision of the district," staff wrote.
If approved by the council, the recommended names will be made in a formal written request to the Expo Construction Authority and Metro, according to staff.
"Staff will work with staffs of both agencies through the necessary steps required for consideration by Metro for adoption," staff said.
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