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TIGER Grant moves Kansas City one step further on Streetcar project

KC Streetcar 2The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) recently announced the award of $474 million in TIGER grants to 52 projects in 37 states.    This year there were 585 applications requesting more than $9 billion in funding.  In total, the program, in its fifth year of awards, has provided more than $3.6 billion to 270 projects.  Kansas City was the biggest winner this round with a grant for $20 million for the Downtown Streetcar project.

Recent initial analysis provided by the Community Transportation Association of American noted the following statistics:

Transit and freight projects were the biggest winners in USDOT’s TIGER V competitive grant program, taking roughly 55% of the $474 million awarded.

  • Transit/Rail (16 projects): $176,414,257
  • Freight (14): $103,610,173
  • Roads (9): $57,642,885
  • Bike-Ped (7): $70,731,090
  • Complete Streets (6): $49,448,595

The top five awards were all city projects. In fact, nearly all of the awards went to cities, counties, or ports. Few grants went to State DOTs.

  • Kansas City, MO: $20,000,000 for the Kansas City Downtown Streetcar
  • Atlanta, GA: $18,000,000 for the Southwest Atlanta BeltLine Corridor Trail
  • Rochester, NY: $17,700,000 for the Inner Loop East Reconstruction
  • Fresno, CA: $15,924,620 for the Fulton Mall Reconstruction

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