Eau Claire city officials announced today they have received an important part of funding needed to build a transit transfer center downtown and to buy four new buses for the city’s transit system.
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, announced the city received a $5 million grant from the Department of Transportation’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program.
“Eau Claire’s busy and constantly expanding downtown is a magnet for small businesses, tourism and outdoor recreation,” Kind said in a news release. “I am excited to announce that Eau Claire has received this very competitive grant and look forward to watching the new transit center help Eau Claire area businesses and commuters connect with the community.”
City officials applied for the federal grant in the fall and said they are thankful to receive the grant. The process to obtain that funding is competitive.
“Our booming downtown and growing city looks forward to the addition of a new transit transfer center in downtown,” City Manager Dale Peters said. “The city is very excited to receive this grant which will allow us to improve the public transportation system for those who rely on the service in Eau Claire."
City officials continue to discuss the timing of building a transfer center as part of a larger development project that would include housing. It is estimated to cost about $23 million.
Read more about the grant in Thursday’s Leader-Telegram.