Burr, Tillis Announce $44 Million in USDOT Grants for the State of North Carolina

November 16, 2021

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) and announced $44 million in USDOT Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grants for the state of North Carolina to improve transportation for the cities of Charlotte, Durham, and High Point. 

 Senators Burr and Tillis sent letters to the Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg over the Summer advocating for all three projects.

“The cities of Charlotte, Durham, and High Point scored big with today’s grant announcements,” said Senator Burr.  “These grants will enhance the safety and connectivity of the transportation systems in these areas. I applaud the dedicated work of the leadership in these cities to bring much-needed transportation developments to their towns.”

“These grants are a big win for Charlotte, Durham, High Point, and surrounding areas as more North Carolinians rely on multiple transportation modes in their cities and spend more time outside in their communities,” said Senator Tillis. “The City of Charlotte will receive funding to construct a new state-of-the-art transit center that will be transformational for transportation around the region. Additionally, the funding for the cities of Durham and High Point will allow more folks to connect from all areas of their towns. I am proud to have advocated for these grants and look forward to seeing these projects through. I will continue to work with my colleagues to continue improving infrastructure in North Carolina and the region to drive economic development that brings good-paying jobs to North Carolina families.”

USDOT RAISE Grant Awards for North Carolina:

City of Charlotte

  • $15 million grant to construct Charlotte Transit Hub that will replace the existing open-air bus terminal in uptown Charlotte. This federal funding will create a new transit center that includes an underground bus concourse with seamless connections to LYNX Blue line light rail, the CityLYNX Gold Line streetcar, local and regional bus service, and a new bicycle and pedestrian trail. The City of Charlotte intends to develop new retail and office space atop the new facility once completed.
  • The letter Senator Burr sent to DOT can be found here

City of Durham

  • $9 million grant to construct the Durham Belt Line Trail, an approximately 1.75-mile shared-use path and linear park in a former railroad right-of-way, from Avondale Drive to West Chapel Street, connecting downtown Durham to central and northeastern Durham.
  • The letter Senator Burr sent to DOT can be found here.

City of High Point

  • $19.8 million to construct approximately 3.5 miles of shared use greenway, approximately 1.2 miles of Complete Streets, and two blocks of bicycle boulevard in High Point.
  • The letter Senator Burr sent to DOT can be found here.