WASHINGTON, D.C. – New federal resources have been awarded for a public transit infrastructure project in Cleveland. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that a grant, allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER III) program, will be used to relocate and construct the Mayfield Road Transit station under the 82-year-old Mayfield Road Bridge.

“A strong public transportation system is critical to a creating a vibrant local economy. University Circle is central to Cleveland’s economic revitalization,” Brown said. “Increased public transportation options will only further boost University Circle’s attractiveness to small business owners, young people, and homeowners. This important federal investment will help improve the quality of life for University Circle residents and add to the appeal of Greater Cleveland.”

DOT National Infrastructure Investments, or TIGER III Discretionary Grants, are used to invest in road, rail, transit, and port projects throughout the United States. The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) was awarded a $12,503,200 capital grant for the Mayfield Road Bridge project. This project is expected to provide access to the emerging Uptown development and the new Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in University Circle.

In October, Brown announced an additional $10.5 million in federal funds, provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for the University Circle RTA station. Those funds, awarded through the highly competitive Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) II grant program, will be used to upgrade and reconstruct the station.

In 2010, RTA owned 85 bridges, employed 2,115 people, and provided more than 44.7 million passenger trips.