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Streetcar Will Connect Lower-Income Communities to City’s Job Centers
WASHINGTON – Tucson’s Modern Streetcar project received a boost from a signed grant agreement between the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the city of Tucson, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today. The project received $63 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) program.
“Investments like Tucson’s Modern Streetcar project are at the heart of President Obama's efforts to create jobs and give people access to convenient, affordable transportation options,” said Secretary LaHood. “This Recovery Act money will help give people greater access to Tucson’s employment centers like the University of Arizona.”
The 3.9-mile modern streetcar line will connect the city’s major activity centers, including the Arizona Health Sciences Center, the University of Arizona main campus, downtown Tucson, the El Rio Community Health Center, and other retail and business developments. The TIGER grant will help to fund construction of stations, stops, terminals, tracks and support facilities, as well as the purchase of streetcar vehicles and land.
“This new service will greatly improve transportation options for the region, especially for the residents who will live or work within walking distance of the streetcar route,” said FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff
In addition to the Tucson streetcar, transit projects in Detroit, New Orleans, Dallas, Portland , Ore., and the Washington, D.C. area were recently awarded grants ranging from $23 million to $63 million from the Recovery Act’s TIGER program.