Feds Announce $500 Million In New Spending on Bike Paths, Streetcar Projects

The Department of Transportation announced $500 million in new spending on Thursday, which includes millions for bike paths, streetcar projects, and a solar-paneled rest stop.

The 39 local projects were awarded through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program.

Many projects focus on expanding bicycle lanes and trails. A $15 million grant in Los Angeles will turn a six-mile area of unused railroad tracks into “an inviting corridor safe for pedestrians and bicyclists.” Over $10.3 million will be spent on “eight miles of canal trail and street crossings for bicycling and walking” in Phoenix, Ariz.

Changing a street in Hawaii into a “bicycle boulevard” is costing taxpayers $13.8 million.

“This TIGER grant will provide funding to improve bicycling, walking, and general transit conditions for pedestrians and motorists in downtown Līhu’e,” the department said.

“Additionally, Rice Street, Ho’olako Street, and Pua’ole/Malae will undergo improvements to enhance the overall user experience including the addition of new sidewalks, the creation of a shared use path for bicyclists and pedestrians, and the conversion of an existing street into a bicycle boulevard.”

Another $10 million project in New York will complete less than 1 mile of bike and pedestrian trails, and “two bicycle/pedestrian bridges.”