FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016
Media Contact: Mike Blasky, Public Information Officer
WHAT: Oak Knoll – Vine Trail ribbon cutting ceremony
WHEN: 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21
WHERE: Ceremony at Yountville Park & Ride; reception at Bardessono Hotel in Yountville
NVTA and the Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition Invites the Public to Celebrate the Opening of the Oak Knoll Napa Valley Vine Trail Segment
Congressman Mike Thompson, State Assemblyman Bill Dodd scheduled to speak at Vine Trail ribbon-cutting
YOUNTVILLE — The Napa Valley Transportation Authority (NVTA) will join its state, federal and local partners Friday afternoon at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the Oak Knoll segment of the Napa Valley Vine Trail.
The 6-mile stretch of the Vine Trail along Solano Avenue will connect the City of Napa to the Town of Yountville. The Oak Knoll Vine Trail Segment is a 10-foot wide bicycle and pedestrian trail completely separated from automobile traffic. The trail will not only provide a safer alternative for recreational bicyclists and pedestrians but also provide an environmentally friendly alternative for commuting between Napa and Yountville. The terminus of the new segment starts and stops at the Vine Transit’s Redwood Road and Yountville Park and Rides providing a seamless connection to the Vine’s Express Bus and Local service.
NVTA Executive Director Kate Miller said the trail is a scenic and sustainable mode of transportation for Napa Valley’s residents and visitors. With the completion of the new section – the largest segment of Vine Trail constructed so far – there will be nearly 12.5 miles of continuous trail between Kennedy Park in the City of Napa to Madison Street in Yountville.
“Providing transportation alternatives to driving in Napa Valley is a primary interest of NVTA. The Oak Knoll Segment of the Vine Trail will greatly augment the Valley’s existing bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and be a welcome addition for active transportation users,” Miller said.
Currently, the Oak Knoll section remains officially closed in the City of Napa between Trower Avenue and Oak Knoll Avenue in order to complete curb cuts and signals at several intersections. The work should be completed by January depending on weather and construction schedules.
NVTA secured more than $7 million in state and federal funding for the project including a $2.5 million Federal Highway Administration Transportation, Community and System Preservation Program (TCSP) grant and a $3.6 million State of California’s Active Transportation Program grant.
The Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition contributed $2.5 million to the project thanks in part to the Napa Valley Vintners and Visit Napa Valley who have jointly contributed $5 million to support various segments of the trail. The Napa Valley Vine Trail is also responsible for funding the bridge over the Salvador Channel. The City of Napa contributed almost $500,000, which includes constructing the trail between Wine Country and Trower Avenues. Napa County contributed almost $300,000 and the Town of Yountville contributed $45,000.
“We are indebted to our City/Town/County partners and owe a special thanks to the City of Napa staff for their creativity and support during the project construction,” Miller said.
“The City of Napa is pleased to be a part of a project that is so enthusiastically embraced by the community,” said City of Napa Mayor Jill Techel. “I sincerely appreciate the individuals and organizations that have partnered together to make the project possible.”
The Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition was founded in 2008 to promote the development of the proposed 47-mile Vine Trail between Calistoga and the San Francisco Bay ferry terminal in Vallejo. The Coalition, consisting of over thirty representatives from agriculture, hospitality, business, health, education, arts and public agency organizations, has been the private partner in the unique private-public partnership with NVTA, said Vine Trail Coalition Executive Director Philip Sales.
Napa Valley Transportation Authority (NVTA) serves as the Congestion Management Agency for Napa County, responsible for programming state and federal funds for local projects. A Joint Powers Authority, NVTA is responsible for the county's short- and long-term regional transportation planning, working closely with its local, regional, state and federal partners to improve Napa County's streets, highways, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities. NVTA also manages the Vine Transit bus system, providing local fixed-route service in Napa, door-to-door paratransit and community shuttles, and regional express bus service throughout the North Bay.