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Bicycle and pedestrian trails will improve with recent $10.2 million grant

on October 27, 2010

Representatives John Garamendi, Barbara Lee and George Miller, along with East Bay Regional Park District Officials, will be at the Oakland Airport/Coliseum BART Station today at noon to celebrate a recent grant to improve bicycle and pedestrian trails in the Bay Area.

Last week, the US Department of Transportation awarded the Park District with $10.2 million.  The grant will allow for the closure of critical gaps along pedestrian and bicycle trails and the construction of new trails.  The goal is to provide shorter and less congested commutes; easier access to BART stations and bus stops; and a safer, more accessible trail system.

In a statement released last week by Park District, General Manager Pat O’Brien stated, “We’re very pleased with this important award.  The Park District began developing this integrated network of paved trails in the 1970s, and we’ve seen the use of these trails just explode with the population growth over the past several decades for both commuting and recreational purposes.”

The Park District was one of only three agencies to receive the grant through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER II) grant program.  There were more than 1,000 applicants vying for the $600 million available for funding.

For detailed project descriptions, visit the Park District’s website.

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