The TIGER Discretionary Grants announced yesterday include a Bus Rapid Transit project for Sahara Ave in Las Vegas. Though this is far afield from Carson City, it does show that innovative transit projects are possible in Nevada. The grant application came from the Southern Nevada Regional Transportation Commission. It was the only successful TIGER grant in Nevada. TIGER is a part of the ARRA – American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The grants are also interesting because they emphasized transit and rail projects over highways, perhaps reflecting the mix that the federal Department of Transportation would favor under a new transportation bill.
More information about the project is available from RTC and in the TIGER_SaharaBRT page.