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DOT Announces 2015 TIGER Grants; 18 Support Public Transit
DOT announced Oct. 29 that 39 projects, including 18 that will benefit public transportation initiatives, will receive almost $500 million in the seventh round of TIGER grants.DOT selected recipients from among 627 eligible applications requesting $10.1 billion, 20 times the available funding. Some projects span more than one state.
APTA members that received or will substantially benefit from major public transportation grants include:
• $20 million to Birmingham, AL, for developing a 15-mile BRT line operated by the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority;
• $15 million to Arizona DOT to create a highway overpass over a rail line and relocate an existing Amtrak station;
• $15 million to Los Angeles Metro to turn unused railroad tracks into a pedestrian and bicycle corridor linking two light rail lines and the Silver Line BRT;
• $15.2 million to La Junta, CO, to continue rehabilitation of BNSF tracks and roadbeds used by Amtrak;
• $10 million to Connecticut DOT to build a new MTA Metro-North Railroad commuter rail station in Bridgeport;
• $14 million to Metra in Chicago to replace a 134-year-old rail bridge over the Fox River;
• $16.9 million to the city of Louisville to install infrastructure for future BRT operated by the Transit Authority of River City along a congested highway corridor;
• $10 million to the Regional Transit Authority, New Orleans, to replace the outdated Canal Street ferry terminal with a new facility;
• $16 million to New Jersey Transit Corporation for construction efforts in preparation for the replacement of the century-old Portal Bridge across the Hackensack River, connecting New York Penn Station with the Northeast Corridor;
• $10 million to New York State DOT for highway improvements, including upgraded bus stations and public transit signal priority;
• $18 million to Buffalo, NY, to design and build infrastructure improvements along the downtown Main Street Transit Mall operated by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority;
• $25 million to Charlotte and North Carolina DOT to help complete the intermodal Charlotte Gateway Station;
• $9 million to Rhode Island DOT for a multimodal travel plaza that will serve Rhode Island Public Transit Authority buses;
• $21 million to Texas DOT to help construct public transit facilities and procure vehicles to serve the state’s growing rural areas;
• $10 million to the Vermont Agency of Transportation to improve service on the state-owned rail line between Rutland and Burlington, including new passenger platforms for Amtrak;
• $10 million to Washington State DOT to replace an aging ferry terminal in Mukilteo with a new multimodal facility;
• $15 million to Tacoma, WA, to more than double the length of Sound Transit’s existing 1.6-mile Tacoma Link light rail line; and
• $14.2 million to Milwaukee for the Lakefront Line, a 0.77-mile spur extension to a planned streetcar project in the city’s downtown area to be operated by the Milwaukee County Transit System.
Learn more here.