SAINT PAUL – In an effort to
advance alternative modes of transportation throughout the City, Saint Paul was awarded a
$250,000 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) II
Planning grant from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) today.
The grant is funded by
the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will be used to develop a
Complete Streets plan.
Saint Paul, residents are choosing different ways to commute. This grant will
allow us to create a plan that ensures our streets are accessible for everyone
- whether they are traveling by foot, bike, car or light rail,” Mayor Chris
The Complete Streets plan will satisfy several needs,
including providing a survey of existing street conditions in the city, clear
guidelines for street designs that balance the needs of pedestrians, cyclists,
transit, automobiles, and freight as well as to prioritize projects for
"This grant will allow us to create a plan to ensure
that everyone in Saint Paul
from an elderly pedestrian to a semi-truck can move around our city
safely. A Complete Streets plan will
help the City maximize the benefits to our community of our biggest public
asset -- our street system," Councilmember Russ Stark said.
The announcement comes as DOT awards nearly $28 million in TIGER
II Planning Grants nationwide
allowing communities to implement localized plans that ultimately lead to
projects that integrate transportation, housing and economic development. TIGER
II Planning Grants are meant to prepare or design surface transportation
projects that would be eligible for funding under the TIGER II Discretionary
Grant program. These projects include highways, bridges, transit, railways,
ports or bicycle and pedestrian facilities.