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DOT's Buttigieg: "This year we are supporting more projects than ever before"

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U.S. Representative Melanie Stansbury, D-N.M., and Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller joined U.S. Transportation Under Secretary Carlos Monje Jr. in celebrating the Biden-Harris Administration awarding Albuquerque approximately $11.5 million grant funds through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for the Albuquerque Rail Trail.

The project will create a mile-long physically-separated pathway through Albuquerque's downtown, providing residents with a safe and affordable transportation option, according to an Aug. 23 news release. The pathway will also improve accessibility for underserved communities by connecting to preexisting bicycle infrastructure and other transportation alternatives.

"At the Department of Transportation, we believe that no matter where you live or how you travel, everyone deserves to get around affordably and safely," Monje said. "We're proud to award Albuquerque $11.4 million to build the Albuquerque Rail Trail – a one mile urban trail that will reduce emissions, prevent deadly crashes and give people who bike a better, safer way to get around their community."

According to the release, the announcement is a part of the Biden-Harris Administration's "Building a Better America Tour", which was kickstarted by U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Aug. 23 in Tampa, Fla. The tour will have DOT leaders spread across the U.S. to tout the benefits made to transportation infrastructure in communities all over the country due to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which was signed by President Joe Biden in August.

“We are proud to support so many outstanding infrastructure projects in communities large and small, modernizing America’s transportation systems to make them safer, more affordable, more accessible and more sustainable,” Buttigieg said in the release. “Using funds from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, this year we are supporting more projects than ever before.”

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