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Grants to help fund local transportation projects

The board of directors for the Chittenden County Metropolitan Planning Organization (CCMPO) recently awarded federal taxpayer grants to eight local municipalities as part of the CCMPO Transportation Action Grants program, called TAG for short.

A total of $233,309 in federal transportation planning funds leveraged more than $59,300 in local match amounts from municipalities and project partners; project applicants were required to provide a 20 percent non-federal local match.

The total amount for all projects with the local match is nearly $300,000.

The TAG program and its federal funds are not related to the recently passed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The project awards in southern Chittenden County are as follows: •Town of Charlotte-Alternative Transportation for CVU. Total award: $6,855.80.

•Town of Hinesburg-Hinesburg Rides: Transportation in Action. Total award: $50,000.

•Town of Richmond-Bridge Street Bicycle and Pedestrian Facility Study. Total award: $26,825.

•City of South Burlington-Cars to people: commercial land regulations transformed. Total award: $50,000.

The TAG program is designed to encourage innovative, action-oriented transportation planning initiatives in Chittenden County. This short-term initiative is designed to allow Chittenden County communities and organizations to leverage available transportation planning dollars in ways that will advance programs and/or initiatives that will explore new types of transportation solutions and new types of transportation capacity in our region.

This program provides the opportunity to develop ideas that may not fit the CCMPO's traditional programs.

A second TAG round will be announced soon and will be open to Chittenden County municipalities and non-profit organizations for transportation-related planning projects.

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