American Recovery & Reinvestment Act
Southern Nevada has been allocated $39 million for highway projects and $34 million for transit projects through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act. The RTC, in cooperation with local jurisdictions, developed a prioritized list of projects that should receive those funds. These are where some of those projects are now:
- Centennial Hills Transit Center and Park & Ride: Work on this $11 million project started shortly after funding became available and opened in March. The project generated nearly 80,000 job-hours of work and contributed $4.8 million in payroll to the local economy.
- Bonneville Transit Center: $5.5 million in Recovery Act funding helped the RTC move ahead with this project. It currently sustains the equivalent of 30 full-time jobs and has generated nearly 28,000 job-hours of work and contributed $1.1 million in payroll to the local economy.
- Boulder Highway Bus Rapid Transit line: The design and pre-construction work generated nearly 7,000 job-hours of work and contributed $300,000 in payroll to the local economy. Construction recently started on it and it’s expected to receive $19 million in Recovery Act funding.
- Three other projects are expected to use $20 million in Recovery Act funds and are in the bidding stage. These projects are the landscaping of I-15 between Martin Luther King and Rainbow, the resurfacing of 8 miles of US 95 north of Kyle Canyon Road, and the Laughlin/Searchlight Welcome Center.
- Sahara Avenue bus rapid transit development: This is funded through a program within the Recovery Act called the Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER). $40 million was approved for this project.
In addition, the Recovery Act provided $135 million to the Nevada Department of Transportation to use for road and bridge projects throughout the state. Some of these projects are located in Southern Nevada. See a list of these projects here.