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New Transit Gets $293 Million


A $293 million investment announced by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood means that residents in dozens of communities nationwide will see major transit improvements, including new streetcars, buses and transit facilities

A $293 million investment announced by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood means that residents in dozens of communities nationwide will see major transit improvements, including new streetcars, buses and transit facilities.

The investment is part of the administrationís livability initiative to better coordinate transportation, housing and commercial developments to serve the people living in those communities. It is distributed through two competitive grant programs, the Urban Circulator Grant Program and the Bus and Bus Livability Grant Program.

LaHood, along with Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff, announced the winners of the two competitive grant programs. Six new streetcar and bus rapid transit projects will be funded with $130 million from the Federal Transit Administration's Urban Circulator Program, and 47 additional projects aimed at upgrading bus services and facilities are slated to receive more than $163 million from the FTA's Bus and Bus Livability Program.

The six cities that submitted successful Urban Circulator proposals include Dallas and Fort Worth; Chicago; St. Louis; Charlotte, N.C.; and Cincinnati, Ohio. The projects were selected from 65 applications totaling more than $1 billion in requests. The 31 states where 47 Bus and Bus Livability projects are located will see bus facility construction, plus new vehicle and related purchases. These projects were selected from 281 applications totaling over $2 billion in funding requests.