Union Station-to-Oak Cliff Streetcar Line Gets an Additional $3 Million From the Feds
|Current Photo By Alex Scott/Historic Photo ©Dallas Historical Society|
Last week the feds signed off on the Union Station to Oak Cliff Dallas Streetcar Environmental Assessment, paving the way for a March 2012 construction start date necessary to begin December 2013 service. Turns out, around the same time Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson was announcing she had secured an additional $3 mil in federal funds for the starter line. Said a press release issued Thursday by Johnson's office, "The project encourages the use of energy-efficient transit options rather than less fuel-efficient modes of transportation. The project also increases economic competitiveness by enhancing the ability of the downtown area to attract transit-oriented development. In addition, it provides sustainability for future riders." Either that, or it's one fancy federally funded "urban decoration."
Regardless, I've been trying to find out how Dallas got the extra $3 million. Wasn't easy. But a source in the U.S. Department of Transportation tells Unfair Park this morning that the money came from a pile of $15.2 million that was freed up after other TIGER-funded projects were able to wrap up without using all of their federal money, among 'em: U.S. 93 in Montana, the Otay Mesa project in California, U.S. 491 in New Mexico and our own State Highway 161.