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First transit project funded under DOT’s TIGER program
Kent, OH -- The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority (PARTA) today signed a grant agreement providing $20 million in TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) funds that will allow work to go forward on the Kent Central Gateway Multimodal Transit Center. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood joined Congressman Tim Ryan and PARTA officials in making the announcement in Kent, OH.
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the selection of $1.5 billion worth of TIGER grants for 51 projects as part of the one-year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) on February 17. The Kent Central Gateway Multimodal Transit Center is the first transit project to be funded under the TIGER program.
“This project is essential to meeting the needs of transit commuters and it will revitalize the downtown Kent district with an influx of new business,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “This will lead to the creation of jobs and make the community more vibrant and accessible to residents, students, faculty and visitors.”
The project is part of an overall plan to redevelop downtown Kent using $80 million in public and private funds. The 325,000 square foot multimodal center will include a 10-bus transfer facility, bike lockers, kiss-and-ride area, indoor passenger waiting area, information booth, city-funded parking spaces, transit parking, retail shops, restaurant and office space.
The center will use solar panels, geothermal technology and other green building methods in support of a LEED Silver Certification goal. The new multimodal, regional facility is expected to be completed in October 2012.
“I am thrilled to welcome Secretary LaHood to the 17th District and the City of Kent. The Kent Central Gateway is one of the most comprehensive community redevelopment projects that our region has seen in decades,” said Congressman Tim Ryan. “PARTA, Kent State University, and the City of Kent are to be commended for their great work in pulling this together. And I am grateful for the critical stimulus funds provided by this Administration through the Department of Transportation, without which this exciting project would not be possible.”
“The Kent Central Gateway project embodies perfectly the goals of the Recovery Act. It will create hundreds of jobs now while improving the quality of life for thousands of Kent residents in the future,” said Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff. “This project will bring together transportation options all at one location in a way that is convenient for passengers and beneficial to the environment.”