Boise Snubbed in Federal Grant for Streetcar

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The City of Boise failed to make the cut for a piece of $1.5 billion in federal TIGER grants, which officials hoped would pay for the bulk of a downtown streetcar project.

Tucson, New Orleans, Dallas and Portland all received funding for streetcars. Top dollar grants funded rail freight projects including $105 million for a freight rail line across the Midwest and Atlantic Coast, $100 million for freight rail projects around Chicago and $98 million for freight rail in the Mid-Atlantic.

The list of winners, including descriptions of projects is here, in .pdf format.

Fifty-one transportation projects got a piece of the funding.

“TIGER grants will tackle the kind of major transportation projects that have been difficult to build under other funding programs,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in a press release. “This will help us meet the 21st century challenges of improving the environment, making our communities more livable and enhancing safety, all while creating jobs and growing the economy.”

We'll be checking in with Boise officials later today, so check back for Plan B.