US Urban Rail Projects Get Federal Stimulus Boost

25 March 2010 (Last Updated March 25th, 2010 18:30)

US urban rail investment projects have received a $269m federal stimulus boost from the TIGER grants package, under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act. The fund, which is part of the $1.5bn Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery programme, backs rail infrastru

US urban rail investment projects have received a $269m federal stimulus boost from the TIGER grants package, under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act.

The fund, which is part of the $1.5bn Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery programme, backs rail infrastructure upgrading and capacity expansion schemes.

A total of 51 projects have been selected under the programme and most of the funding is allotted to main line railways, according to railwaygazette.com.

Projects that benefit from the TIGER funds include urban extension projects in Boston, Minnesota and New Orleans, and light rail and tram projects in Dallas, Detroit, Portland and Tucson.