Congressman Carson helps secure $2 million TIGER grant for Indianapolis
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman André Carson (IN-07) announced that Indianapolis is the recipient of a $2 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant.
This grant will be used to assist IndyGo and the City of Indianapolis with the next phases of development, environmental analysis and preliminary engineering for the city’s Red Line. This 28-mile transit spine is planned to run from Grand Park in Westfield through downtown Indianapolis to Old Town Greenwood, increasing transit options for Central Indiana residents.
Additionally, the planning grant will look at vastly improving local bus service, by adding express and circular routes to growing suburban areas, in addition to five new rapid transit lines.
“By securing over $2 million federal dollars, Indianapolis will get a head start in expanding transit options for Central Indiana residents,” said Carson. “This investment is critical to ensuring that our public transportation system expands and improves in the years to come.”
TIGER grants began in 2009 to help cities invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve national objectives. This year, Congressman André Carson sent appropriators a letter of support urging them to continue funding the program, as well as, Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, in support of Indianapolis’ grant application.