$10M federal transportation grant for Philadelphia

AP News
Posted: Dec 15, 2011 12:47 PM
$10M federal transportation grant for Philadelphia

Philadelphia is getting a $10 million federal grant for transportation infrastructure improvements.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was in the city to make the announcement Thursday.

He said the grant will pay for upgrades to 100 traffic controllers and connect them through fiber optic cable. The money also will fund upgrades to handicapped ramps and pedestrian countdown signals at crosswalks.

It will also pay for technology to extend the green light for buses and trolleys that need more time to get through an intersection.

The grant was one of 46 awarded in 33 states and Puerto Rico. A total of $511 million will be used for improvements nationwide to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety and access for pedestrians.