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MTC: FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR TRAFFIC SIGNAL IMPROVEMENTS

 OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Funds are now available for Bay Area communities to "go with the flow" by upgrading antiquated traffic signals, implementing signal coordination projects on major arterials and trying out new traffic management technologies, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) said today.
 Local government agencies with responsibility for traffic signal operations are invited to submit funding applications to the MTC for traffic signal upgrades and other traffic-related projects to improve the flow of traffic. The traffic signalization program was developed by MTC and an advisory group of local traffic engineers to administer $7.23 million in federal Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality funds and $940,000 in state Traffic System Management matching funds designated for such projects.
 "This program will help make local roads part of a coordinated, efficient system by bringing in state-of-the-art equipment and traffic management strategies," said MTC Executive Director Lawrence D. Dahms. It also encourages multijurisdictional efforts to coordinate lights along roads that run through several communities," he added.
 A portion of the program's funds, $500,000, will provide ongoing support to local jurisdictions that do not have in-house expertise in traffic engineering. Traffic engineering consultants will be provided to help define traffic-related problems and suggest solutions to those problems.
 To maximize program benefits, no project can exceed $800,000. While it is not required, a local match is encouraged.
 Project applications must be submitted to MTC by April 15, 1993. MTC will score and approve projects by early May. For more information, call MTC Project Manager Shawn Gage at 510-464-7764.
 MTC is the transportation planning and financing agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.
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 /CONTACT: Susan Terry, 510-464-7785, or Catalina Alvarado, 510-464-7783, both of MTC/


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