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Friday, October 15, 2010

Bronx to Get $11.5 Million in Federal Transit Funding

The Bronx is about to receive an $11.5 million injection of federal money to fund two borough projects, according to a press release sent out earlier today by Congressman Jose Serrano.

The bulk of the money, $10 million, will go toward funding the reconstruction of the Fordham transit hub, which sits above the Metro-North line and across the street from Fordham University. The other $1.5 million will "fund the creation of a vision plan for the Sheridan Expressway and Hunts Point area."

Serrano wasn't shy about taking credit for obtaining these grants.

About the Fordham transit hub, he said: “The Fordham transit plaza is one of the key transportation hubs in the Bronx and one of the busiest in the city. With many rail lines, buses, and subways coming together, it serves a huge number of residents daily. Reconstruction will facilitate their use of this key hub in our community.”

About the Sheridan Expressway/Hunts Point plan, he said: "We are eager to remake this area into a livable, walkable and green section of our community, and this is the first step towards achieving that goal."

I assume that means somehow eliminating the expressway (or transforming it into some kind of Highline-ish park), which local activists have pushed for.


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