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Local Agencies Celebrate Groundbreaking for Alamo Canal Trail Undercrossing

East Bay Regional Park District’s First Green Transportation Initiative to Begin Construction in April

The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) in collaboration with the Cities of Dublin and Pleasanton, Alameda County Transportation Commission , Zone 7 Water Agency, and Caltrans is closing one of the last gaps in the regional bicycle trail network between the communities of Pleasanton and Dublin.

WHEN
Tuesday, April 10, 11 a.m. to noon, rain or shine.

WHERE
100 Civic Plaza, Dublin, California. The groundbreaking will be held at the trail entrance at the northwest corner of the Dublin City Hall parking lot, behind the library.

WHO
U.S. Congressmen George Miller, Pete Stark, Jerry McNerney, and U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee join EBRPD Directors Beverly Lane and Ayn Wieskamp and other officials.

ABOUT THE PROJECT
This freeway undercrossing trail will provide a safe, non-motorized route that children and adults can use to travel between schools, homes, and major public destinations in Dublin and Pleasanton.  The trail link will provide an important transportation route to travel to and from destinations including the Pleasanton BART station, AC Transit bus routes, minor and major shopping areas and malls, community parks, Alameda County Fairgrounds, major corporate business offices and employment centers, the civic centers, libraries, and popular downtown areas of Dublin and Pleasanton.

The project is expected to be completed and open for public use in autumn 2012.

PROJECT FUNDING
• TIGER II (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) federal discretionary grant program
• Federal Transportation Improvement Plan
• Alameda County’s Measure B
• East Bay Regional Park District’s Measure WW
• Cities of Dublin and Pleasanton

ABOUT TIGER II
The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER Discretionary Grant program, provides a unique opportunity for the U.S. Department of Transportation to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve critical national objectives. Congress dedicated $1.5 billion for TIGER I, $600 million for TIGER II, and $526.944 million for the FY 2011 round of TIGER Grants to fund projects that have a significant impact on the Nation, a region or a metropolitan area.  TIGER's highly competitive process, galvanized by tremendous applicant interest, allowed DOT to fund 51 innovative capital projects in TIGER I, and an additional 42 capital projects in TIGER II. TIGER II also featured a new Planning Grant category and 33 planning projects were also funded through TIGER II. In the FY 2011 round of TIGER Grants, DOT awarded 46 capital projects in 33 states and Puerto Rico. Each project is multi-modal, multi-jurisdictional or otherwise challenging to fund through existing programs. The TIGER program enables DOT to use a rigorous process to select projects with exceptional benefits, explore ways to deliver projects faster and save on construction costs, and make investments in our Nation's infrastructure that make communities more livable and sustainable.
http://www.dot.gov/tiger/ 

ABOUT EAST BAY REGIONAL PARK DISTRICT
The East Bay Regional Park District spans Alameda and Contra Costa counties east of San Francisco with 112,000+ acres in 65 parks including over 1,200 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature study. The Park District offers lakes, shorelines, campgrounds, visitor centers, interpretive and recreation programs, picnic areas, indoor/outdoor rental facilities, golf courses and much more.
http://www.ebparks.org/ 

Contact: Carolyn Jones, Public Information Supervisor, (510) 544-2217

Contact Email
cjones@ebparks.org