As previously speculated, the USDOT has announced grants for streetcars. It’s too bad Columbus never got that engineering study done. They could probably be ready to go by now and be eligible for up to $25 Million.
Maybe COTA should look at getting some of the $150 Million in bus grants instead. I’m thinking a BRT version of the #2 connecting downtown to OSU and beyond could be cool. Maybe include the Main Street portion to go out to Capital University in Bexley as well. New stations, pre-payment fare cards, signal priority, and articulated buses would make a nice project.
In New Orleans, LaHood Unveils $280M in Streetcar and Bus Grants
by Elana Schor on December 1, 2009
During a visit to New Orleans, where city planners are seeking nearly $100 million in federal stimulus money for three new streetcar lines, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced plans to award $280 million in grants for streetcar and bus networks.
…The money is set to be divided into two parts. The first would award $130 million to streetcars and “urban circulators,” with a focus on proposals that promote mixed-use development in local neighborhoods. No project can win more than $25 million from that pot, however, which would provide about 12 percent of the funding New Orleans needs for its ambitious streetcar expansion plan.
The second $150 million group of bus grants would go to proposals that “provide access to jobs, healthcare, and education, and/or contribute to the redevelopment of neighborhoods into pedestrian-friendly vibrant environments,” the U.S. DOT said in its announcement.