The $546-million federal loan given to the Crenshaw/LAX Line by the U.S. Department of Transportation was actually one of more than 70 “Tiger” grants awarded by the agency this past week.
More than 1,000 projects applied. The loan to the Crenshaw/LAX line was the largest.
Here’s the press release from U.S.D.O.T and here’s the full list of award recipients. The list is a long pdf document that has a nice description of each project. It’s an interesting read and gives you an idea of the type of road, transit and other transportation projects that get the interest of the U.S.D.O.T.
It’s also worth noting that the city of Los Angeles received a $16-million grant for its West Basin Railyard project, which would establish a rail link between the Port of Los Angeles and the Alameda Corridor freight tracks.
Two streetcar projects also received funding — in Atlanta and Salt Lake City. It’s worth noting that both connect with existing rail transit systems, such as proposed with the streetcar in Los Angeles.
On the cycling and pedestrian front, Contra Costa and Alameda counties in the East Bay received a $10-million grant to separate bike lanes from car traffic and to better connect their existing bike network to transit, as well as make some pedestrian improvements.