Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after Miami-Dade County was awarded a $99.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to be used for the South Corridor Rapid Transit Project included in the SMART Plan. Diaz-Balart serves as the Ranking Member of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, and has diligently fought for federal dollars for Southern Florida throughout his nine terms in Congress.
"I am thrilled that Miami-Dade County will be receiving $99.9 million in federal funds for the development of the South Corridor Rapid Transit Project. I have repeatedly stated that I am eager and in a position to secure federal dollars to address local infrastructure challenges. With this allocation, Miami-Dade County will now be able to move forward with the SMART Plan."
As announced back in May, this grant is a part of the Federal Trade Administration's (FTA) Capital Investment Grant (CIG) Program, which is an account under Congressman Diaz-Balart's THUD jurisdiction.
"Secretary Chao has continuously invested in our community's transportation sector and delivered much-needed federal dollars to advance and upgrade our infrastructure, and I'm grateful for all she and the Trump Administration have done for our community and Florida. I also thank Mayor Gimenez for his leadership and initiative on this important project. Without him, none of this would be possible."
The SMART plan is a 20-mile bus rapid transit line to be constructed along the existing South Dade busway from the Dadeland South Metrorail Station to SW 344th Street in Florida City. This project will not only improve safety and efficiency and alleviate traffic, but it will also generate approximately 3,900 jobs.