On Friday the Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced 47 transportation projects in 34 states and the District of Columbia that will receive a total of almost $500 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) 2012 program.
Two Pennsylvania projects were in the mix:
The Wayne Junction Power Substation serves a critical role in the Philadelphia region’s commuter network, powering much of Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority’s (SEPTA) transit systems. This TIGER grant will allow the City of Philadelphia to rebuild the substation, which was originally constructed in 1931 and has been in continuous operation ever since. The project will also replace 25 indoor and outdoor rail breakers, transformers, cut-out switches, relays, and control equipment.
Total project cost: $25,725,397
Grant award: $12,862,699
TIGER will fund the building of the East Liberty Transit Center, which will be the multimodal heart of a large, transit-oriented development center between the communities of East Liberty, Shadyside, and Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh. This suite of complementary improvements includes a two-level transit station linking the bus rapid transit service with street level bus service as well as realignment and reopening of streets, sidewalks, streetscapes, a replacement road bridge, adaptive traffic signals, and a bike and pedestrian access bridge.
Total project cost: $34,020,056Grant award: $15,000,000