Plans for a new transit center in New Orleans East are on ice after the federal Department of Transportation declined last week to award a grant the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority was seeking, officials confirmed Monday (March 12). The grant would have drummed up nearly $8 million for the project, without which money officials say it's back to the drawing board.
Last Friday afternoon, DOT announced 41 projects across the country that have been awarded a cumulative $500 million through the department's Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program. TIGER grants are doled out annually for road, transit, maritime and rail projects, and typically involve a local dollar match.
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