Rep. Gene Green Announces $5 Million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds for the Greater East End Management District Livable Centers Plan
September 25, 2009
Houston, TX – Representative Gene Green today announced that the Transportation and Policy Council of the Houston-Galveston Area approved a plan to allocate $5 Million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for the Greater East End Management District Livable Centers Plan. This plan focuses on pedestrian streetscape and urban design improvements for enhanced transit user and pedestrian access to bus and light rail transit.
“I am glad that this money has been approved for the East End. It will benefit a highly transit dependent population in Houston’s East End and will also promote improved air quality, safety, and economic development in the area,” said Rep. Gene Green.
These improvements are “shovel ready.” Based on input from extensive community input, preliminary engineering has already been completed on a block by block basis. All of these improvements will be made between the existing curb and the property lines within the public right of way. No property will be taken and no changes to traffic operations are required. The District anticipates issuing its first construction contract within 3 months of grant award.
Alan Clark, of the Houston Galveston Area Council, stated “Today, the Transportation Policy Council approved $5million for implementation of livable center projects in the East End neighborhood. Developed in partnership with the Greater East End Management District, these projects will improve transit access and pedestrian infrastructure in the strategically important East End neighborhood. These projects are possible because of American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funding. The Transportation Policy Council is appreciative of the support Congressman Green, Senator Gallegos and METRO displayed for these important projects.”
“The funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act continues to go a long way, and we are glad to work with the Transportation Policy Council in the Houston-Galveston area to better our community,” said Green.
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