Biden Administration Announces Nearly $4 Billion in Support for 14 Construction Projects

March 11, 2024
These projects aim to provide transit opportunities to new riders, creating jobs, and bringing economic development

Today, Pete Buttigieg recommended that 14 transit projects in 11 states should receive nearly $4 billion in federal funds as part of President Biden's Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Budget Request to Congress. These projects aim to provide transit opportunities to new riders, creating jobs, and bringing economic development. This comes as part of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).

“Public transportation connects people to jobs, school, family, and more – and when transit reaches more people and communities, its impact is even greater,” said Buttigieg. “The Biden-Harris Administration is proud to support funding for 14 large projects that will expand transit for millions of Americans across the country.”

The Capital Investment Grants (CIG) and Expedited Project Delivery Pilot programs are the Federal government’s primary grant programs supporting new large transit capital projects that are locally planned, implemented, and operated. This includes investments such as new and expanded subway systems, commuter rail, light rail, streetcars, and bus rapid transit.

“FTA looks forward to working with these communities to advance transit projects that will provide new transit options,” said FTA Acting Administrator Veronica Vanterpool. “These investments support President Biden’s commitment to combat climate change while also improving safety, advancing equity, and improving quality of life for millions of Americans.”

Some of the projects are:

  • In Texas, $109.7 million is recommended for the proposed VIA Advanced Rapid Transit North/South Corridor Project, a bus rapid transit project from the San Antonio International Airport in the north, through downtown San Antonio, to Steves Avenue in the south. It will connect destinations along the corridor and multiple commercial and residential areas. The project includes eight miles of dedicated transit lanes, stations, and the purchase of vehicles.
  • In Indiana, $141.9 million is recommended for the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation’s (IndyGo) Blue Line Rapid Transit Project, which will implement bus rapid transit between the Indianapolis International Airport, downtown Indianapolis, and Cumberland along IndyGo’s busiest bus route. The project includes 13.4 miles of dedicated transit lanes, stations, and the purchase of diesel hybrid powered buses.
  • In Wisconsin, $118.1 million is recommended for the city of Madison’s North-South Bus Rapid Transit Project, which will connect neighborhoods north of Madison, through downtown, and into the city of Fitchburg. The project includes 5.2 miles of exclusive bus lanes, stations and the purchase of battery electric buses.

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Source: Federal Transit Administration

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