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USDOT Deputy Secretary Trottenberg Visits Ohio to Celebrate Investments that will Reconnect Communities

Deputy Secretary Polly Trottenberg and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty celebrate the funding for Columbus BRT.
Deputy Secretary Polly Trottenberg and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty celebrate the funding for Columbus BRT.
COLUMBUS, OH — As part of the Biden-Harris Administration's ongoing Investing in America Tour, U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Deputy Secretary Polly Trottenberg traveled to Columbus, Ohio, to celebrate awards that will reshape and reconnect communities.

Secretary Pete Buttigieg and USDOT recently announced $3.3 billion in funding from President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act headed to over 130 different communities in 40 states. These projects (which are planned and led at the local level) will physically stitch communities back together by capping highways, adding new transit routes, adding sidewalks, bridges, bike lanes, and more — all to make it easier and safer to get from Point A to Point B.

Trottenberg traveled to Columbus, Ohio, alongside Congresswoman Joyce Beatty to highlight a $41.9 million grant to help develop the West Broad Street Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor. This project aims to restore community connectivity and ensure equitable access, mobility, and safety along a busy corridor in Columbus.

During the Deputy Secretary’s travel, USDOT shared a new step to help communities on their journey to reconnect. The department announced the award of a contract of up to $27 million to Cadmus Group, Inc. to establish and administer the Reconnecting Communities Institute, which will be USDOT’s center for learning on restoring and reconnecting communities that have been harmed, isolated, and cut off from opportunity by past transportation choices. The institute will assist communities in developing and delivering reconnection projects that better connect people to jobs, education, health care, and economic opportunities being created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

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