Federal Transportation Funds For Highway Removal?

The second round of Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) funds were announced Oct. 20. Awards amounting to $600 million will go to 75 projects, including three highway teardowns.
October 21, 2010, 10am PDT | Irvin Dawid
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The 75 projects were selected from over 1000 applications.

"Perhaps the most eye-catching winner is the New Haven, Conn., Downtown Crossing, which gets $16 million to remove the limited-access Route 34."

The other two tear-downs are for planning, not actual removal: the Claiborne Corridor in New Orleans and the Sheridan Expressway Corridor in the Bronx, New York.

"Broken down by mode, roughly 29 percent of the money goes for road projects, 26 percent for transit, 20 percent for rail projects, 16 percent for ports, 4 percent for bicycle and pedestrian projects and 5 percent for planning projects, according to the DOT."

From Greenwire: 75 projects get TIGER grants" (subscription only): The grants are designed to help communities encourage more sustainable forms of transportation, such as transit, bicycling and walking. "Many of these projects could not have been funded without this program", stated DOT Secretary Ray LaHood.

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Published on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 in Grist
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