CANOGA PARK, CA – Today, after years of outreach and growing partnerships with environmental advocacy organizations, the California Transportation Commission approved a $30.7 million Active Transportation Program (ATP) grant, the largest in state history, for multimodal projects in Canoga Park. Councilmember Bob Blumenfield and Streets LA led this proposal effort that will dramatically improve the Sherman Way commercial corridor.
“I’ve sought many avenues to bring major transportation and accessibility improvements to Canoga Park and the West Valley- this grant will make a whole lot of critical projects possible,” said Blumenfield. “Thanks to the Hilary Norton and the California Transportation Commission for making this possible as well as Streets LA, LADOT and every community member who helped highlight the need for these improvements in our community.”
“Connecting Canoga Park Through Safety and Urban Cooling” is the result of two years of community outreach and workshops Blumenfield helped facilitate to determine how Canoga Park can improve safety and accessibility for people as they walk, bike and ride transit in the region.
This grant will fund a wide variety of great transportation improvements throughout Canoga Park, generally in the area bounded by Vanowen, Saticoy, Topanga Canyon and DeSoto, including:
- Building new sidewalks, crosswalks and curb cuts
- New bike lanes, including protected bike lanes on portions of Owensmouth and Sherman Way, and protected bike connections between the Orange Line and the LA River bike path
- Improvements to transit stops including new shade structures at locations like the Orange Line Sherman Way station
- New- bike and pedestrian- prioritized low-traffic streets, including on Valerio
The grant application was prepared by StreetsLA, in consultation with the Department of Transportation regarding desired traffic safety improvements. The dollar magnitude of the project is because Streets LA and Blumenfield thought big. The $30.7 million in State and federal funds will be augmented with a $7.9M local match. This project is not only large in scale, but it also includes vital infrastructure upgrades that have been missing in Canoga Park, namely high-cost concrete work of adding sidewalks and curbs throughout the area.
The seeds for this project were planted back in 2017 when the City was awarded a Climate Adaptation Planning Grant of $300K to run workshops with the community to conceptualize what Canoga Park could look like. Streets LA contracted with Climate Resolve and Alta Planning to engage in a robust community engagement process to develop plans and ideas for this application. That involved some stand-alone meetings but also workshops at other community events and gathering places, especially the Saturday morning Canoga Park Farmer's Market.
Although the Warner Center application was not successful, Blumenfield is continuing to explore opportunities to bring these sorts of projects throughout Warner Center with the help of the local Transportation Mobility Organization (TMO).