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New federal transportation grants seen as ‘down payment,’ but far short of demand

New federal transportation grants seen as ‘down payment,’ but far short of demand

Roads, bridges and robo-shuttles are among selected projects announced Tuesday by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

The Washington Post
By Michael Laris
December 11

Federal transportation grants announced Tuesday will help widen roads in Kentucky, Louisiana and Montana, fix Metro station platforms in the Washington suburbs, restore masonry arches on the Brooklyn Bridge, and build bus-washing facilities in New Mexico and Iowa.

The federal funds will also link cars electronically to hundreds of miles of roadways in Colorado and support plans to bring slow-moving robo-shuttles to Jacksonville, Fla. and Youngstown, Ohio.

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said the 91 projects received funding under a competitive grant program, totaling $1.5 billion, the highest level in years. But state and local communities submitted 851 applications to Washington, requesting nearly $11 billion, demonstrating the gulf between the supply of funds from Washington and demand across the country... FULL ARTICLE

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