As noted in the June newsletter, we have resubmitted a letter of support for the city’s application for a TIGER grant. Below is the letter:
May 29, 2013
J. Russell Allen
City of Raleigh
222 W. Hargett Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
Dear Mr. Allen:
On behalf of the Boylan Heights Neighborhood Association, I would like to express our support for the City of Raleigh’s application to the Federal Department of Transportation’s “Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery” (TIGER) discretionary grant program for the Union Station project. As the new station will be located just north of our neighborhood, we recognize the potential it has to provide important public transit service for our residents. Within both Raleigh and the greater Triangle improved public transit will allow for new opportunities both for commuting and for connecting us with other points of interest. In addition, we see this multimodal approach as increasing the vitality of Raleigh’s central core, of which we are an historic part. We welcome the opportunity to work with all the agencies bringing this project to fruition, including Triangle Transit, NCDOT, the City of Raleigh and the numerous stakeholders in the area.
The Boylan Heights Neighborhood Association appreciates being contacted by the City to provide input and perspectives from our residents on this issue. We look forward to continuing to work with the City on this project as we have worked together in the past. The current Amtrak station is on the edge of our neighborhood, and we well know the need for a more modern rail gateway into the city and also appreciate the value of combining transit options as the new station will do. We remain keenly interested in the continued redevelopment of downtown and the importance of public transportation for the overall economic impact on our city. We welcome and anticipate the opportunity for continued dialog on the specifics of this particular project.
We understand the importance of the TIGER grant and support additional funding for this project to maximize the utilization of the station and in turn have the greatest impact on road congestion, air quality, and economic opportunities. We look forward to continuing to be involved in the development of the final plans.
President, Boylan Heights Neighborhood Association