Leaders Celebrate $10.2 Million


Left to right: Congressman Jon Garamendi, Congressman George Miller, BART Director Caole Ward Allen. Congressman Pete Stark, East Bay Regional Park Director Doug Siden and Congresswoman Barbara Lee. Photo by Gene Hazzard.

Local congressional leaders joined East Bay Regional Park District Board Members and bicycle commuters this week to celebrate a new $10.2 million federal grant that will improve key Bay Area pedestrian and bicycle trails and reduce local congestion.

The celebration took place at the Oakland Airport/Coliseum BART station, one of at least seven locations in the region that will directly benefit from this grant.

This TIGER II grant closes critical gaps in at least seven communities along nearly 200-mile long regional bicycle and pedestrian paved trail system that connects communities, schools, and transportation nodes throughout the greater Bay Area. The grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation to help fund high priority transportation projects that are part of the Park District’s Green Transportation Initiative. 

Attending the event were Congressman John Garamendi (D-Walnut Creek), Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland), Congressman Pete Stark, Congressman George Miller (D-Martinez), East Bay Regional Park District Board Members Doug Siden and John Sutter and BART Director Carole Ward Ward Allen.