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Boston lands $15.5m federal grant for improved bike, transit and walking connections to historic sites

Posted by Patrick Rosso  September 5, 2013 04:59 PM

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A $15.5-million U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER grant was recently awarded to a city of Boston and National Parks Service initiative that seeks to better connect residents and visitors to the historic sites that dot the downtown Boston area.

Dubbed “Connect Historic Boston,” the initiative that received the money aims to make walking, biking, and taking the T to National Park Service sites and other destinations in downtown Boston both easy and intuitive.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino, in addition to Parks Service officials and advocates, are expected to make an official announcement about the grant Friday at 10 a.m. in front of the Samuel Adams statue at Faneuil Hall, said a release from the Mayor's office.

“These transformational TIGER projects are the best argument for investment in our transportation infrastructure,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, said in a statement. “Together, they support President Obama’s call to ensure a stronger transportation system for future generations by repairing existing infrastructure, connecting people to new jobs and opportunities, and contributing to our nation’s economic growth.”

Upgrades and improvements as part of the project could include sidewalks, and bridges that link transit stations to park destinations, new tools for finding sites, and other public realm improvements.

Although the city hasn’t identified the particular locations where the money will be used, possible locations highlighted by the project’s website include Constitution Road in Charlestown, Joy Street in Beacon Hill, and the creation of a historic bike trail that circles the downtown area.

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