Councilmember Wells’s office sent out the following press release today stating that the Federal Department of Transportation declined all of DC’s applications for funding under the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) II. These applications including funding for 100 more Capital Bikeshare locations, “streetcar expansion on Benning Road into Ward 7, construction costs for transit improvements at Union Station, and planning support for an expansion of the CSX railway under Virginia Ave, SE.”
Wells assures us though that the H Street and Benning Road streetcars will still move forward, despite this federal funding.
The Lincoln Park CaBi station is included in the initial round of 100, so this should not affect it – wherever it ends up.
You can read the full release, below.
Immediate Release Contact: Charles Allen
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Room 408
Washington, D.C. 20004
Despite TIGER II Grant Decision, Tommy Wells Notes DC Is Still on Track for H Street and Benning Road Streetcar Line
(Washington, DC) – The District of Columbia learned today that the federal Department of Transportation did not award any of the District’s applications for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) II funds. Applications had included proposals for a streetcar expansion on Benning Road into Ward 7, an expansion of the popular Bike Share program, construction costs for transit improvements at Union Station, and planning support for an expansion of the CSX railway under Virginia Ave, SE.
Wells stated, “I’m disappointed in the federal decision not to fund any of DC’s deserving TIGER II transit projects.” He quickly added, “But I want to reassure residents and businesses that the city is still committed and sufficient local funding remains in place to complete the first leg of the project to take the H Street and Benning Road streetcar line into Union Station.”
According to the federal DOT, 42 capital construction projects and 33 planning projects in 40 states will share nearly $600 million from TIGER II program for major infrastructure projects ranging from highways and bridges to transit, rail and ports.
The federal DOT also noted in their announcement that they had received nearly 1,000 applications for more than $19 billion from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.