The City of Lincoln has applied for a federal grant to help fund the planning and development of the City's multimodal transportation infrastructure. The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants are a program of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Lincoln's TIGER application focuses on a new downtown multimodal transportation center as a potential future upgrade to the transit system. A new center is being discussed as part of the update to the City's Transit Development Plan (TDP), and the TDP committee is now analyzing how to meet future transportation needs. The design and location of the center as well as its funding are part of that analysis, and the TIGER grant is one possible opportunity. TDP committee members include employers, bus riders, UNL representatives, advocates for low-income and disabled individuals, downtown leaders and City officials.
"These are highly competitive grants, but if Lincoln were chosen, this would be an opportunity to bring additional federal dollars into the community," said Mayor Chris Beutler. "Lincoln could potentially triple our local dollars through the federal match."
The grant application outlines the kinds of design and amenities that could be included in a new multimodal transportation center. It also includes a list of funding ideas that the public and City Council could consider if the project was funded.
StarTran Transit Manager Mike Davis said current conditions at the 11th and "N" transfer station are not conducive to increasing ridership. He said the conditions also detract from the significant downtown reinvestment of $1.58 billion and do not effectively help bring people to the estimated 7,400 new jobs projected for downtown over the next three years. He said a new center would support employment, increase rider safety and accessibility, promote downtown development and help reduce air pollution and traffic congestion.
"We are continuing to look for ways to support the growth and improvement of Lincoln's economy and quality of life," said Mayor Beutler. "This grant is another chance to leverage dollars and partnerships in our community."
For more information about the Transit Development Plan update, visit lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: TDP).