Buffalo’s request to secure federal transportation funds for the next phase of the “Cars Sharing Main Street” initiative has landed a major supporter in Washington.
On Monday morning, Sen. Charles Schumer said he will use his clout to help sway the federal Department of Transportation to release $28 million being sought locally for the “Cars Sharing Main Street” construction project.
Schumer said “I’m am going to push very hard.”
A formal request to the federal DOT has been submitted by the City of Buffalo along with Buffalo Place Inc. for a $28 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to fund a large percentage of the next “Cars Sharing Main Street” phase. A portion of Main Street between Mohawk Street to the south side of Lafayette Square and a portion of lower Main Street that includes Canalside will be the coverage of the next phase, beginning at Exchange Street and heading south to Perry Street.
With the City of Buffalo picking up the $7 million difference between the federal TIGER grant request and the next phase’s bottom line, there’s a total of $35 million price tag for the entire project.
Federal TIGER grant awards are expected to be announced by November.
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