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

4:57 PM EDT on October 15, 2010

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: ## forum##
TIGER, which funded projects like Atlanta's new streetcar, is in question after new House rule. Image: ## forum##

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.

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