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-> According to a Sept. 12 Transportation for America article, "The latest (sixth, if you're counting) round of TIGER grants has been released — $584 million worth going to 72 projects in every corner of the country.

"TIGER grants, you'll recall, can go to any mode or combination thereof, and often go directly to local governments or transportation agencies – unlike most other federal dollars, which are targeted to specific modes and flow through the state department of transportation via funding formula. Given their flexibility and ability to support innovative proposals, TIGER dollars are intensely sought-after. This year was no exception. The U.S. DOT says it received '797 eligible applications from 49 states ... an increase from the 585 applications received in 2013.  Overall, applicants requested 15 times the $600 million available for the program, or $9 billion for needed transportation projects.'...

"Here some highlights of the kinds of projects funded:
• The Champaign-Urbana region and the University of Illinois won $15.7 million toward a $35 million project 'to construct Complete Street corridors connecting the Cities of Champaign and Urbana to the University of Illinois and improve transit travel between the cities and the campus.'
• In Maryland, $10 million is going toward a $42 million 'road-widening project that would upgrade MD 175 from an existing two-lane undivided arterial to a six-lane divided arterial, complete with a trail, sidewalks, and on-road bicycle facilities.'...
• Among the largest awards, the City of New York's Vision Zero safety effort won $25 million toward a $50 million, 3-part safety improvement program across the five boroughs including 'safe pedestrian access to schools, safe pedestrian access to transit, and safe bicycle access to jobs via completion of a trail system connecting economically distressed communities to employment centers,' according to U.S. DOT...
• In St. Paul, MN, $200,000 will fund a design study and master plan for reusing the Canadian Pacific Rail Spur as a multimodal corridor for bicycles, pedestrians, and possibly transit. The overall objective will be to develop a plan for how the bicycle, pedestrian and transit communities can use the rail line..."

Title & Author: "Latest round of TIGER grants announced, track them on our interactive map" by David Goldberg


-> According to a Sept. 12th StreetFilms article, "The Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place 2014 conference took place this week in Pittsburgh. Even though the Andy Warhol Bridge already has a nice shared bike-ped path on it, for one week the city decided to put bike lanes on its roadway ( It's the simplest design you can imagine, just two rows of small traffic barriers and a little bit of signage. I compiled a few moments of footage while walking to an event one night..."

Title & Author: "Need to Add a Bike Lane to a Bridge? Experiment Like Pittsburgh Did." by Clarence Eckerson, Jr. 


-> According to a September Rails-to-Trails Conservancy enews article, "For many, government agencies represent a land of endless bureaucracy, where dreams of new trails wither, bogged down by mountains of paperwork and red tape. Not so at the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), which has played a key role in creating new trails for over two decades. To date, Pennsylvania has more than 1,700 miles of trails. So what makes Pennsylvania a leader in the trail community? While most states rely heavily on federal funding for trails, the additional state-generated funding for trails—Pennsylvania is one of the few states that allocate such funds—allows DCNR to complete numerous trail projects each year. This historical commitment originated with voters in the 1980s, who wanted more access to the outdoors and a higher quality of life. Funding for trails has continued ever since, most notably in the form of the 1993 Keystone Fund for outdoor recreation..." 

Title & Author: "Putting It All Together: How One Pennsylvania Agency Is Turning Community Trail Visions into Reality" by Staff


-> According to a Sept. 15th post on the APBP member listserve from Brian Graham, Boulder County Flood Recovery Coordinator, "As many of you may recall, Boulder County was hit with an epic storm last September, causing flooding and a federally declared disaster. Several of you happened to be in town as we were hosting the APBP Professional Development Seminar... Attendees split cabs to the airport and took back roads to DIA after the Denver-Boulder Turnpike was closed due to flooding... The extent of the damage was unimaginable during those first few days. It has been a long year and our recovery efforts to rebuild county roadways are really just beginning, and are expected to last at least through 2016."

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