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Chamber Lends Support to San Antonio’s RAISE Grant Application

Your Chamber sent a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Peter Buttigieg last week to express strong support of the City of San Antonio’s Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability & Equity (RAISE) grant application.

The City’s RAISE application requests funding to complete the 4.7-mile Zarzamora Creek segment of the Howard W. Peak Greenway Trails System. Upon completion, the project will include over 100 miles of a multi-use, shared network of alternative transportation for some of the most vulnerable communities in San Antonio.

As a partner to the City and the San Antonio River Authority (SARA), Bexar County has restored major transportation networks that connect the Zarzamora Creek segments of the Greenway Trails, including the Ingram Road Bridge, and the Mission Reach Trail Network which has been a lifeline to other multi-modal services in San Antonio and the County. The Mission Reach and its proximity to the San Antonio Missions National Parks have provided access and opportunities to underserved portions of Bexar County and the City for the past two decades, while hosting visitors from around the world to this designated United Nations Educational and Scientific Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

This important connection to the VIA Ingram Transit Center/Greenway Trailhead, with completion of this segment of the Howard W. Peak Greenway Trail System at Zarzamora Creek will support the regional growth in the western portions of the County and support the low-income communities of color with access to jobs and alternative modes of transportation such as transit and bicycling, which have been proven to improve the life-expectancy and well-being in communities of color.  Additionally, this project will bring job growth in construction and maintenance as well as tourism-related opportunities, all of which helps stimulate our local economy.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) published a Notice of Funding Opportunity on April 13, providing communities the opportunity to apply for $1 billion in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 discretionary grant funding through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grants.

RAISE, formerly known as BUILD and TIGER, has awarded over $8.935 billion in grants to projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico since 2009. For this round of RAISE grants, the maximum grant award is $25 million, and no more than $100 million can be awarded to a single State, as specified in the appropriations act. Up to $30 million will be awarded to planning grants, including at least $10 million to Areas of Persistent Poverty.

The program is highly competitive with 680 projects funded out of over 9700 applications. It is one of the few DOT discretionary programs for which regional and local governments can directly compete for multimodal transportation funding.

The deadline to submit an application was July 12. The Chamber wholeheartedly supports the Zarzamora Creek Greenway Trail Project and looks forward to connecting more communities through sustainable and equitable projects such as this one.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Reyes, Vice President of Public Policy at 210-229-2162 or by email at sreyes@sachamber.org.

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