US Senator Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, has expressed support for the project and this use of federal funding.
“This federal funding will support the BRT East-West project which will provide services to the community and better connect people with major employment, education and recreation destinations,” Baldwin said in the release. “Together, we help people move and grow.”
The Small Starts program aims to complement state, local and private investments in the construction of large capital projects that provide new and expanded transit service.
The city’s allocation of the recommended $ 303 million for Small Starts grants is the largest of six initiatives identified for funding, which also include projects in Rochester, Minnesota; Seattle and Tacoma, Washington; and Austin, Texas. The city of Austin received funding under the two project proposal.
“This budget reflects the priorities of our administration and meets the needs of our country,” US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a statement. “This will begin to give the United States the tools to get back to work, modernize our infrastructure, combat the climate crisis and build equity into our transportation system so that everyone can travel safely and affordably.” .