Over the course of this year, we’ve told you that Montgomery County has applied for a federal TIGER grant to support Bus Rapid Transit on MD-355 (Rockville Pike). In a list of awardees announced last week, however, we were not included.
But – I did find the list of winners to be an incredible snapshot of where our country’s transportation infrastructure is headed. Of the 72 projects that will receive funding, 15 are transit-based (receiving $156M) and 26 are focused on roads (receiving $221). The rest are planning projects. But, look at that balance between transit and roads. This is the future of our country’s infrastructure – balanced!
Another notable item is that over $25M is being awarded to bike and pedestrian infrastructure. And, guess what, Bus Rapid Transit is taking hold across the nation:
- Central Omaha, NE: $14.9M for BRT
- Richmond, VA: $24.9M for BRT
- Nevada: $16M for BRT
- Madison, WI: $300K for BRT
- Philadelphia, PA: $2.5M for BRT
We’re on the right track (pun intended – BRT doesn’t use tracks!) — let’s keep our infrastructure moving forward before we fall behind Central Omaha, Nebraska!