TIGER’s Biggest Bite: Atlanta Streetcar Proposal Gets $47 Million

More news keeps rolling in about TIGER II grantees…

An artist's rendering of Atlanta's streetcar project, which just got $47 million from the feds. Image: ##http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=120809##SkyScraperPage forum##
An artist's rendering of Atlanta's streetcar project, which just got $47 million from the feds.

Atlanta scored about eight percent of the TIGER II total for its streetcar project. Rep. John Lewis got confirmation of the award this morning.

Atlanta had applied for $56 million for the $70 million project. Some observers had hoped the city would apply for its “beltline” project — a circumferential transit line — instead, but the streetcar will be a big step toward a transit-oriented, complete-streets vision for Atlanta.

Noah Kazis reports on Streetsblog New York that $1.5 million in TIGER funds will go to a planning study to determine what could replace the Sheridan Expressway, “which could provide a big boost for efforts to replace that little-used highway with housing, jobs, and parks.” And another $10 million “will go toward the redesign of Fordham Plaza, one of the most important spaces for transit and pedestrians in the city.”

Also leaked so far:

Maine — $10.5 million — To repair and improve the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway (MMA) line in Aroostook and northern Penobscot counties.

Maine and New Hampshire — $20 million — To replace the 87-year-old Memorial Bridge between Kittery, ME and Portsmouth, NH.

Providence, Rhode Island — $10.5 million — To purchase cranes that will transform the Port of Providence into a modern marine cargo center and diversify shipping options in the region.

Bridgeport, Connecticut — $11 million — To fund road and infrastructure improvements at Steel Point.

New Haven, Connecticut — $16 million — To convert part of Route 34 from a limited-access highway to an urban boulevard.

Ann Arbor, Michigan — $13.9 million — To reconstruct failing bridges on East Stadium Boulevard.

Peoria, Illinois — $10 million — To support the narrowing of Washington Street in the city’s Warehouse District.

Moline, Illinois — $10 million — To complete the Moline Amtrak train station.

Lake County, Tennessee — $13 million — To complete the Cates Landing riverport project.

South Dakota — $16 million — To rebuild a state-owned railroad branch line from Mitchell to Chamberlain.

Seattle, Washington — $34 million — To reconstruct the South Park Bridge.

Huge thanks to Michael Wojnar for compiling and passing along this information.