As part of an eight-state tour, today U.S.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx toured Atlanta’s largest federally funded
transit projects, the Atlanta Streetcar and the Atlanta Beltline.
The “Invest in America, Commit to the Future”
tour promotes President Barack Obama’s $302 billion transportation
Foxx visited the streetcar, which was partially
built with $47.6 million federal transportation grant and is slated to open
this year, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported today. He also saw the
Beltline’s first project, the Eastside Trail and adjacent Historic Fourth Ward
Park. An additional 2.5-mile trail of the Beltline in the Southwest will be
funded with an $18 million federal grant. The Beltline is set to be completed
by 2030 but needs federal funds to support its $4 billion plan.
Touring the projects with MARTA Chief Keith
Parker and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Foxx said federal funding was needed to
accommodate for upcoming growth in the South, the AJC reported.
“Travel times with growth will increase unless
you create more ways for people to get around,” he said, and easing congestion
will "require multi-modal solutions, good planning and a good partnership
with the federal government."