Mayor Berry and MRCOG Leadership Pursue Substantial Grant Funding for Downtown Albuquerque
May 2, 2014
Albuquerque, NM—Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry along with the Mid Region Council of Government’s Executive Director Dewey Cave, announce the submission of the newest round of TIGER Grant funding.
The funding is being requested to improve the Central Avenue/railroad tracks underpass in Downtown Albuquerque. The project is part of a bigger initiative known as “Innovation Central,” and would help connect Downtown to East Downtown (EDO). It will complement the City’s efforts in coordination with UNM and Innovate ABQ’s planned site at Central and Broadway, and CNM’s plans to open a new Education Center in the First Plaza Galleria at 3rd and Tijeras.
“Our plans for Innovation Central will broaden the economic landscape of the area which makes the timing of pursuing these improvements all the more relevant,” said Mayor Berry. “This project would bring even greater walkability to an area that is already seeing significant positive changes with better access for pedestrians to the Convention Center and through the Fourth Street improvements already underway.”
Additionally, the grant money would be used to enhance transit connections to the area.
“This project gets pedestrians downtown to the Rail Runner, Rapid Ride, and future Bus Rapid Transit options,” said MRCOG Executive Director Dewey Cave. “The travel time benefits, increased capacity, and operational efficiencies for the Rail Runner will also enhance the access of the region’s population to the critical destinations that will be in walking distance from the station.”
The request is for $15 million and would require a local match. The submittal was sent to federal partners meeting the April 28th deadline. Expected timeline for funding approval is typically two months after submission.
TIGER stands for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery which provides the United States Department of Transportation an opportunity to invest in critical transportation needs around the country.