Del Mar applies for $155,000 in SANDAG transportation funding

In an effort to improve transportation throughout the city, Del Mar is seeking $155,000 in funding from the San Diego Association of Governments.

In a 4-0 vote with Deputy Mayor Sherryl Parks absent, the Del Mar City Council on March 16 agreed to apply for two TransNet Active Transportation Grants from SANDAG. A total of $3 million is available through the program in 2015 for capital and non-capital active transportation projects in local jurisdictions.

Del Mar’s first grant application is for a Comprehensive Active Transportation Master Plan. If approved, the $85,000 project would guide future city improvements, projects, programs and policies to improve the mobility of non-motorized transportation. The plan would also help develop a comprehensive network of streets that are accommodating, attractive and safe for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.

The city is also requesting $70,000 to develop, with the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority, a railroad underpass crossing design to continue the Coast to Crest Trail past the railroad to Camino del Mar. The multi-user trail underpass would be part of the future double-tracking of the San Dieguito railroad bridge, which blocks the ability to the complete the trail to the beach.

The grant applications are due to SANDAG by March 20. Approximately $26,000 of in-kind staff time and matching funds from the city and the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority are also proposed for the grant projects.