When Eau Claire city officials applied for a federal grant in October to help pay for a proposed $23.5 million development that would include a new transit transfer center, the odds of receiving that money weren’t in their favor. The city was seeking $5 million from the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER, grant program, which is run by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Typically only about 6 percent of applicants receive money through that program.
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
Several Eau Claire City Council members showed support Monday for a transit system that would provide fare reductions to riders with lower incomes. During a study session Monday, where council members are given an opportunity to provide feedback to city staff, council members touted plans put forward to reduce fees paid by riders whose incomes are within 185 percent of the federal poverty limit. The discussion came after City Council passed a fare increase in November that raised