$280 Million for Streetcars Nationally, Found Under Couch Cushions

Via Congressman Blumenaur’s Office:

Secretary LaHood announced today that the FTA will make $280M available for competitive grants for urban circulator’s (they don’t have to be Streetcars, but…) as part of the administrations urban livability initiative.

A big chunk of the money is previously allocated transit dollars the Bush Administrative never spent.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Portland submitted a strong application to this program to fund the ‘close the loop’ project to get Streetcar across the new Light Rail bridge and connected at either end.

Now could we please get a similar amount allocated for bike projects under the same banner of urban livability?

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