Mototail wrote:I would think that it's a done deal since the I-Jobs got passed and the stimulus money is coming. Also since Culver is making a public display of the Chicago-Des Moines connection. As it's all a part of the Transit Mall.
I would temper optimism since every municipality was taking every project down off their shelves and throwing them into the proposed stimulus pot. It would be great if this project does happen this year.
All I can find for actual amounts allocated for Federal Stimulus funds for Des Moines area public transit is this from IDOT dated March 9, 2009:
Des Moines $7,888,026 for Transit Assistance Program
The DART proposals include an $18.8 million transit hub; developing a $70 million downtown tram system; buying eight new buses for a total of $3 million; and spending $3 million to update shelters and build a new Park and Ride facility.
Clearly DART won't be getting everything it wants - even when the downtown tram system is not figured in.