Butterfield Advocates for Additional Federal Funding for Goldsboro's Transportation Projects
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, urging the department to approve the City of Goldsboro’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) V grant application. Goldsboro is requesting $16.5 million in much-needed funding that would make upgrades and significant functional and aesthetic improvements to Goldsboro Union Station, Center Street Streetscape, and begin construction on the Gateway Transfer Center.
Butterfield, who was instrumental in securing nearly a million dollars in federal funding for the development of these projects, welcomed Secretary LaHood to Goldsboro in April to visit the progress of all three projects which are currently underway.
In his letter, Butterfield wrote, “…[T]his project will be a magnet which will draw together people and create jobs. A recent economic study shows that investing in Goldsboro will contribute $17 million to the local economy in a region facing 8.4 percent unemployment.”
The full letter of support follows.
June 6, 2013
The Honorable Ray LaHood
U.S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, D.C. 20590
Dear Secretary LaHood:
I write to urge the Department of Transportation to approve the City of Goldsboro, North Carolina’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) V grant application. I appreciate that you traveled to Goldsboro in April to survey firsthand the transportation opportunities, economic development potential, and broad community support for this important and multimodal transportation project. Goldsboro is requesting $16.5 million of federal support to make functional and aesthetic design improvements to the Center Street Streetscape project, much needed upgrades to transform Goldsboro Union Station to a regional transit hub, and construction of a Gateway Transfer Center to improve area transit.
As we observed during our visit, the region’s aging and outdated transportation infrastructure is no longer able to support the city’s 36,000 residents or the military families serving at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Goldsboro serves as the seat of Wayne County, but the city’s downtown is not currently pedestrian- or vehicle-friendly and is impeding economic growth. As local officials mentioned during our visit, Goldsboro has already received funding to start the project from the Federal Transit Authority but more resources are needed to make the region’s multimodal transportation vision a reality.
Since 2006, Goldsboro has invested in a bold plan to improve safety by completely renovating the downtown area, expand public transportation capacity to interconnect an entire rural and geographically distant region, promote commerce, and restore historic infrastructure. In Goldsboro’s TIGER V application, the City’s project consists of $7 million for the Center Street Streetscape project, $13.8 million for modernization of Goldsboro Union Station, and $2.1 million to construct the Gateway Transfer Center. Goldsboro has already invested $2.5 million in the project and is committed to providing an additional $5.4 million. Therefore, the City is requesting $16.5 million in TIGER V grant funding. As you alluded to during your visit, this project will be a magnet which will draw together people and create jobs. A recent economic study shows that investing in Goldsboro will contribute $17 million to the local economy in a region facing 8.4 percent unemployment.
Because of the economic advantages this project will bring to the region, I ask for your full consideration of Goldsboro’s application. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dennis Sills of my staff at 202.225.3101.
Thank you very much.
Very truly yours,
G. K. Butterfield
Member of Congress