Rancho Cucamonga Initiates Transportation Infrastructure Assessment & Improvement Plan

By: Sharjeel Sohaib

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Dec 12, 2022

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Key Points:

  • Rancho Cucamonga is close to the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and the Angeles National Forest in San Bernardino.
  • The Plan will identify, evaluate, and prioritize infrastructure upgrades throughout the city’s communities to increase citizens’ accessibility to schools, parks, shopping, and other destinations by walking, bicycling, and rolling.

The Active Transportation Infrastructure Assessment and Improvement Plan

How was this project initiated?

The City created a Healthy RC Active Transportation Infrastructure Assessment and Improvement Plan in response to this need after it filed for and was awarded a Sustainable Communities grant by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) (Plan). 

Why was this project initiated?

The project started in August 2022 and may end by the beginning of the summer of 2023. During this period, the City will actively include residents and schools in the process and incorporate their suggestions and input into a plan to provide Rancho Cucamonga’s communities with safer sidewalks and roadways.

The Plan’s infrastructure enhancements will specify precise locations for projects like upgraded crosswalks, fresh sidewalks, increased bike lanes, cutting-edge technology integration, and more.

Health: An Important Factor to Consider for the City of Rancho Cucamonga

Since the launch of the Healthy RC Initiative in 2008, Rancho Cucamonga has placed a high priority on fostering a culture of health among its citizens. Encouraging an active lifestyle includes having access to nutritious food and other forms of transportation that allow everyone to commute fairly to and from work, school, and other destinations. 

The City has a vital Safe Routes to School program in place. Still, it has not been able to complete a thorough inventory and evaluation of infrastructure requirements relating especially to enhancing travel routes to and from each of its 35 schools.

Healthy RC: An Initiative to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle among citizens

Healthy RC has been a fruitful City-community cooperation, winning recognition on a national level for our efforts to enhance community health. To make Rancho Cucamonga as healthy as possible, committed locals, neighborhood associations, and public and private organizations have joined together to form the Healthy RC collaboration.

Regular meetings of the Healthy RC Steering Committee are held to actively coordinate different health objectives and projects for the city.

Caltrans Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant For Active Transportation Project in RC

To guide future grant applications and capital improvement budget planning, the Active Transportation project will evaluate the existing infrastructure, identify improvements and new infrastructure, and present a prioritized list of projects. 

The proposal, which practically encompasses the whole city boundaries, will include neighborhoods within a two-mile radius of Rancho Cucamonga’s 23 public elementary schools, eight public middle schools, and four public high schools. 

A professional consultant will work with City employees to execute this project, which will entail communication and organization with four separate school systems. 

The strategy will ultimately provide designated project tear sheets to deliver more shovel-ready projects for upcoming grant opportunities, such as the Active Transportation Program award and capital improvement budget planning. 

This strategy aims to promote active forms of transportation to lessen traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions on a local, regional, and state level.

Check here: Caltrans Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program Award List.

Wrap Up!

Rancho Cucamonga is a city based in San Bernardino County, California. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) granted the City a Sustainable Communities Grant after the City applied for one (Plan). The project began in August 2022 and might finish at the start of 2023 summer.

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