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Cash for Transit Independence

The DOT awarded a billion and a half in grants to transit projects on the Fourth of July. Eric Jaffe has the lowdown on projects from Connecticut to Colorado.
July 5, 2011, 8am PDT | Tim Halbur
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Denver will get an airport connector and more than 30 miles added to its already impressive light-rail system. From the DOT's press release:

"Ultimately, the FTA projects contributing approximately $1 billion towards the $2 billion project, which is expected to create 5,400 jobs during peak construction."

Jaffe writes that New York is the big winner:

" particular, on the east side of Manhattan: Roughly $215 million went toward the building of a Long Island Railroad terminal in Grand Central, while the Second Avenue subway line received just under $200 million. Houston got $75 million apiece for two light rail projects."

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Published on Monday, July 4, 2011 in The Infrastructurist
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