The Kansas City Region’s TIGER grant — Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery — includes $26.2 million for improvements in the Green Impact Zone. We’re documenting progress on TIGER projects with videos, and want to share with you our latest episode, which focuses on improvements to the Troost Avenue bridge and other parts of the Green Impact Zone. It specifically highlights a pedestrian bridge/walkway that will be built soon along Brush Creek, funded by the region’s TIGER grant.

Watch the four-minute video at http://www.marc.org/TIGER/video.asp.

We hope to see you Saturday night at the “Meet Me at the Bridge” street festival at 48th and Troost, from 5 to 11 pm. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver will dedicate the new bridge and Mayor Sly James will serve as master of ceremonies. Join us for live jazz, food and family fun. Admission is free and KCATA is doubling up service on the Troost Max and #25 bus, running every 15 minutes from 6 to 11pm. More information online at http://www.bccp.org.

That’s how much concrete has been poured to repair sidewalks and driveway entrances in the Green Impact Zone – along with 9.2 miles of new curbs. And we’re not done yet!

These infrastructure improvements are part of our TIGER grant — Transportation Improvements Generating Economic Recovery — for transportation infrastructure improvements. The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded this $50 million grant to the Kansas City region in 2010. The grant includes $26.2 million for improvements in the zone, including the sidewalk and curb replacements already underway, as well as street resurfacing, traffic signal and transit improvements and a pedestrian walkway under the new Troost Bridge. The remaining funds will support improvements to transit facilities in other parts of the region.

Visit our TIGER tracker at www.marc.org/tiger. And be sure to go to www.marc.org/TIGER/zoneprogress.asp to see the latest maps illustrating what projects are completed, underway, or still to come in the Green Impact Zone.

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TIGER Funding Announcement

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood signs a $50 million check for TIGER funding

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood visited Kansas City Wednesday to announce $1.5 billion in TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grants across the nation — including $50 million for the Kansas City region, with a portion going to projects in the Green Impact Zone.

The grants are funded by federal stimulus dollars as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. MARC coordinated a regional grant application for the TIGER funds. Partners included the city of Kansas City, Mo.; Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas; the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority; and others.

See more photos from Wednesday’s press conference»

Read the press release from MARC»