Who Gives Away a Hundred Million Dollars?
Birmingham, apparently. After the federal government set aside $100 million for the city to improve and initiate transit efforts, regional officials have chosen to allow the offer to expire.
In order to receive the money, Birmingham was responsible for drawing up an approved plan, allowing a 20 percent match with local funding, and providing a reliable source of revenue for maintenance of the plan.
While many planners have worked tirelessly to see this effort reach fruition, the municipalities seem to have come to a standstill.
It’s no secret that Alabama is far, far behind many other states in terms of transit availability. Birmingham has nothing to lose and everything to gain from the implementation of a stronger, better funded transit system – especially during a time when people across the country rely on transit more than ever before.
Conservation Alabama applauds the efforts of those elected officials who have chosen to work together for transit, and we are extremely disappointed that these funds have been allowed to expire.