Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Urban Streetcar: More than $60 million?

Posted By on Tue, Feb 16, 2010 at 5:32 PM

We hear rumblings that Congressman Raul Grijalva and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, along with Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup, will announce more than $60 million in stimulus dollars for downtown's urban-streetcar system. That's a huge win for the city of Tucson that will open up the floodgates for matching funds from the Regional Transportation Authority and make the rail system a reality.

The money is coming from the highly competitive TIGER grant program. The program had $1.5 billion to hand out, but drew $56.5 billion in requests, according to the Center for Public Integrity.

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