Corinne Kisner, Executive Director of NACTO, issued the following statement in response to USDOT’s recent award of more than $2.2 billion in RAISE grants:
NACTO commends the Biden-Harris administration for funding over 150 groundbreaking local transportation initiatives nationwide, which will significantly enhance the quality of life for millions of people across the country. These projects hold the potential to tangibly elevate the safety, sustainability, and equity of our nation’s transportation system.
Among many other projects, the $2.2 billion in RAISE grants recently announced will:
- Construct a regional bikeway and bus rapid transit corridor connecting Boulder and Longmont, CO
- Safely connect people walking and biking to transit while reducing flooding in Baltimore, MD
- Transform an unsafe street into a vibrant, multimodal corridor for people walking, biking, and taking transit in Fort Worth, TX
- Improve the connection between communities in South Central Los Angeles, with community-led designs transforming the streetscape near the area’s iconic Watts Towers
- Redesign streets and sidewalks to be safe and accessible to people with disabilities in Phoenix, AZ
- Bring rapid transit to tens of thousands of people along a 26-mile corridor in Memphis, TN
This $2.2 billion in funding will tangibly improve the lives of people across the country, despite being only a small fraction of what the U.S. spends annually on transportation projects. NACTO urges states to use the $300 billion of federal transportation funds they control to prioritize projects with similar, direct benefits for safety, sustainability, and equity.
About the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)
NACTO is an association of 96 major North American cities and transit agencies formed to exchange transportation ideas, insights, and practices and cooperatively approach national transportation issues. The organization’s mission is to build cities as places for people, with safe, sustainable, accessible, and equitable transportation choices that support a strong economy and vibrant quality of life. To learn more, visit NACTO.org or follow us on Twitter at @NACTO and Instagram at @NACTOcities.
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For Immediate Release
June 29, 2023