$1.5 billion granted for 51 transportation projects through U.S. Recovery ActFebruary 17th, 2010 - 11:30 pm ICT by BNO News
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI (BNO NEWS) – 51 innovative, strategic transportation projects will receive funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for $1.5 billion, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced on Wednesday.
The projects are part of the landmark competitive TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) discretionary grant program. More than 1,400 applications from all 50 states were received to be part of the TIGER program. The selected projects include improvements to roads, bridges, rail, ports, transit and intermodal facilities.
“TIGER grants will tackle the kind of major transportation projects that have been difficult to build under other funding programs,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
The Recovery Act-funded projects will create jobs, spur lasting economic growth and provide Americans with safer, affordable and environmentally sustainable transportation choices. Sixty percent of the funding will be allocated to economically distressed areas.
The projects were selected based their merit as well as for their innovation and the transportation needs in the different communities across the nation.
“TIGER grants will tackle the kind of major transportation projects that have been difficult to build under other funding programs,” added Secretary Ray LaHood.
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