by Jim Nintzel
We hear rumblings that Congressman Raul Grijalva and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, along with Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup, will announce more than $60 million in stimulus dollars for downtown's urban-streetcar system. That's a huge win for the city of Tucson that will open up the floodgates for matching funds from the Regional Transportation Authority and make the rail system a reality.
The money is coming from the highly competitive TIGER grant program. The program had $1.5 billion to hand out, but drew $56.5 billion in requests, according to the Center for Public Integrity.