Improved infrastructure and enhanced quality of life are closer to reality for the recipients of the 2014 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program, announced today.
The City of Omaha and Anoka County are among those earning a portion of the $600 million in awarded federal grants. Only 72 of the 797 eligible submissions – or nine percent – were accepted.
“It’s a challenging process, but worth the reward,” stated Marie Cote, who leads SRF’s team of grant experts. “We’re proud to have assisted on two of the winning submissions in this highly competitive, nationwide program.”
- Omaha’s Metro Transit was awarded nearly $15 million to construct an 8-mile bus rapid transit (BRT) line through the heart of the city. Running along Omaha’s busiest corridor, the project will provide access to downtown Omaha, a state university, two research hospitals, and several major commercial districts. It represents the Metro’s first step in the development of a region-wide rapid transit system.
- Anoka County was awarded $10 million to construct the US 10 and CSAH 83 Interchange and Railroad Overpass in Ramsey, Minnesota. As the primary access point for Ramsey’s downtown and “COR,” an up and coming transit-oriented development, this project will address a number of safety concerns, improve quality of life, and stimulate area business development.
Since 2009, the TIGER program has awarded more than $4.1 billion to fund road, rail, transit, and port projects with the goal of building a stronger transportation system for future generations.