U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces $58.8 Million Recovery Act Grant Agreement for Improvements to Washington, DC Metro-Area Bus System
Contact: Paul Griffo
Includes 13 Bus Corridors in Maryland, Virginia, and DC
Improvements to the bus system serving the nation’s capital and surrounding communities will soon be under way thanks to a signed grant agreement between the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today. The system received $58.8 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) program.
“This Recovery Act money will significantly improve the transportation network serving those who live and work in and around the nation’s capital, better connecting them to downtown Washington and other employment centers,” Secretary LaHood said.
TIGER dollars will provide more efficient bus service along 13 transit corridors in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., including the I-95/395 corridor, by investing in a bus transitway, bus-only lanes, transit signal priority, traffic signal management, real-time arrival technology and other improvements.
“Investing in the infrastructure of Washington’s transit system will make it cleaner, safer, more comfortable and more efficient, and will give those who rely on transit more options in getting to work, to school, to the store, or to the doctor’s office,” said FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff.
TIGER dollars will also be used to construct a new Takoma/Langley Transit Center at the intersection of University Boulevard and New Hampshire Avenue on the border of Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland that will improve safety and efficiency by consolidating scattered bus stops into one location.