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First-of-its-kind program in California awards 24 communities and tribes $1.15 million to study gaps in equitable transportation

Strong and diverse interest in the program’s inaugural year resulted in project funding for 14 different counties across the state


SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Twenty-four California nonprofits, local governments, transit agencies, and Native American tribes in under-resourced communities were awarded up to $50,000 each by the Clean Mobility Options Voucher Pilot Program (CMO) to conduct “Community Transportation Needs Assessments” that will help them to identify – and eventually address – transportation challenges faced by residents in their communities. See full list of awardees and project locations below.


“Across California, and especially in low-income communities and communities of color, people spend too much time and money getting from home to work, or just to do daily errands,” CARB Deputy Executive Officer Steve Cliff said. “The Clean Mobility Options Program elevates the role communities play, and allows them to lead the way in addressing their particular transportation issues — and ultimately finding solutions that work for them.”


The total amount of funds awarded for Community Transportation Needs Assessments is $1.15 million: $1 million was awarded to eligible disadvantaged communities with $150,000 set aside and awarded specifically to Native American tribes.


Clean mobility options designed by and for under-resourced communities will save residents money and improve public health.

The poorest 20 percent of Americans spend more than 40 percent of their income on transportation, while those who make more than $70,000 per year only spend 13 percent.

Ninety percent of Californians experience unhealthy air, but unequal exposure leads to drastically varied life expectancies that can swing by as much as 20 years between different zip codes.

● P eople of color disproportionately breathe this toxic pollution, contributing to higher rates of asthma, cancer, and other illnesses than their white counterparts.


ABOUT THE PROGRAM

CMO is a statewide initiative that provides funding for zero-emission shared mobility options to under-resourced communities in California. CMO is available throughout California to eligible disadvantaged communities, as well as eligible low-income tribal and affordable-housing communities, to increase access to safe, reliable, convenient and affordable transportation options. For eligibility requirements, application information and to contact the technical assistance team, please visit: www.cleanmobilityoptions.org.


Awardees of the Community Transportation Needs Assessment funds submitted applications for projects to help them identify and understand the unmet mobility needs of their communities and develop solutions in collaboration with residents. Key elements of a Community Transportation Needs Assessment include analysis and engagement of the community through tools like surveys and virtual community events. See list of awardees below.


CMO also supports the implementation of shared clean mobility projects through Mobility Project Vouchers worth up to $1 million each. Of the total $21 million available for Clean Mobility Projects and Community Transportation Needs Assessments, up to $2.15 million is set aside specifically for tribes.


The application window for Mobility Project Vouchers opens on October 20, 2020 at 9:00am PT. Applications will be processed and approved on a first-come, first-served basis. Mobility Project Vouchers will fund bikesharing and scooter-sharing, zero-emission carsharing, carpooling and vanpooling, innovative transit services and ride-on-demand services. For complete application submission instructions visit the “How” section of the Application Materials page on the website.


COMMUNITY TRANSPORTATION NEEDS ASSESSMENT 2020 AWARDEES

(Listed in alphabetical order by lead applicant)


ActiveSGV, a project of Community Partners

Awarded: $50,000

Location: El Monte, S. El Monte

County: Los Angeles


Big Pine Paiute Tribe of the Owens Valley

Awarded: $50,000

Location: Big Pine Indian Reservation^

County: Inyo


BikeVentura

Awarded: $49,804

Location: Oxnard

County: Ventura


CHERP-Locally Grown Power

Awarded: $50,000

Location: Pomona

County: Los Angeles


City of Fresno Department of Transportation Fresno Area Express

Awarded: $48,430

Location: City of Fresno (Three Palms Mobile Home Park)

County: Fresno


Community Resource Project

Awarded: $49,970

Location: Sacramento

County: Sacramento


County of San Diego

Awarded: $49,515

Location: Spring Valley, San Diego (2 affordable housing properties)

County: San Diego


Ecology Action

Awarded: $50,000

Location: Salinas

County: Monterey


Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission

Awarded: $50,000

Location: Del Rey, Firebaugh, Fowler, Kerman, Mendota, Parlier

County: Fresno


Fresno County Rural Transit Agency

Awarded: $36,885

Location: Biola*

County: Fresno


Fresno Metro Ministry

Awarded: $49,990

Location: City of Fresno

County: Fresno


Kern Council of Governments

Awarded: $49,924

Location: Tejon^, Tubatulabal^; Delano, McFarland ,Wasco, Shafter, Taft, Arvin,Buttonwillow*, Lamont*, Lake Isabella*, Bodfish*

County: Kern


Native American Environmental Protection Coalition

Awarded: $50,000

Location: Manzanita Reservation^

County: San Diego


Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians

Awarded: $50,000

Location: Paskenta Reservation^

County: Tehama


Porterville Unified School District

Awarded: $48,802

Location: Porterville

County: Tulare


Riverside Community College District

Awarded: $49,530

Location: Riverside City College, Moreno Valley College, Norco College*

County: Riverside


Sacramento Public Library

Awarded: $49,800

Location: South Sacramento (Southgate)*

County: Sacramento


Social Good Fund/Regeneración Pajaro Valley

Awarded: $50,000

Location: Watsonville

County: Santa Cruz


The Latino Equity Advocacy & Policy Institute (The LEAP Institute)~

Awarded: $50,000

Location: Kettleman City*

County: Kings


Awarded: $50,000

Location: Pajaro*

County: Monterey


Awarded: $50,000

Location: Mecca*

County: Riverside


Urban Collaborative Project

Awarded: $18,750

Location: San Diego (Chollas View, Ocean View)

County: San Diego


Western Riverside Council of Governments

Awarded: $48,600

Location: Moreno Valley, Corona, San Jacinto

County: Riverside


Youth Transportation Organization (YOOTS)

Awarded: $50,000

Location: Richmond

County: Contra Costa


* Unincorporated Area

^ Tribal Area

~ Lead applicants representing unincorporated land can apply for up to three projects.