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CONTACT: Traci Gleason, aide to Councilman Johnson, at (816) 513-1622

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 7, 2009

City partners for bi-state, regional TIGER grant application

The City of Kansas City, Mo., recently partnered with several local government entities and area organizations to prepare a bi-state, regional application for $87 million in federal Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant funding. The funding would be used for multi-modal transportation improvements, including bicycle, pedestrian, roadway and transit projects.

Among the City’s partners for the application, were the Mid-America Regional Council, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Port Authority of Kansas City, Mo., the Kansas City Terminal Railway Company, Johnson County, Kan., and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan.

City Councilman Russ Johnson, 2nd District and chairman of the City’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee spearheaded the regional application process through the committee.

“Because of the leadership of our federal officials and the hard work of many staffers from several entities, we have submitted a strong grant application that the region united behind,” Johnson said. “Having a multi-modal application with broad community support will maximize our prospects for funding through this unique and exciting opportunity.”

Some of the long-term outcomes and benefits of the project include:

- Infrastructure improvements in the City’s Green Impact Zone

- Improved access to regional employment destinations and centers of opportunity

- 55 miles of bike lanes, 19 miles of shared-use trails, 135 miles of signed bike routes and three transit centers

- Reduction of 24 million vehicle miles traveled annually, saving 68,500 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually

- Elimination of more than 100 vehicle crashes, two traffic fatalities and $13 million in crash-related costs annually

- Creation of 3,719 construction jobs and $242 million in gross domestic products nationally and 2,455 long-term jobs regionally

- Leveraging green technology, green construction methodology and public-private partnerships

- Regional partnership of two states, three transit providers, seven cities and multiple private businesses and regional partners.

The TIGER grant program requires that projects be shovel ready, and be included in state, local or metropolitan planning efforts. Projects also must generate short- and long-term economic impacts, generate added outcomes of livability, promote safety and involve innovative technology and financing.

For more information, contact Traci Gleason, aide to Councilman Johnson, at (816) 513-1622.

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