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UPDATED: 12:45 P.M. - BNSF Intermodal not on TIGER Grant List

Posted on Feb. 17th, 2010
Posted by Peter Solie
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The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced its list of TIGER Grant recipients and the BNSF Intermodal facility is not on that list.

Mayor Don Roberts of Edgerton said, "Clearly, we are disappointed with today's announcement. But, the U.S. Department of Transportation's decision to not fund the Tiger Grant, does not end the project. BNSF has said in the past that they will build the project with or without TIGER Funding and we have no reason to believe that that position has changed.

A full list of the TIGER Grant funding, including a $50 million dollar grant for transit funding in Kansas City can be found at the US Department of Transportation web site.

The City of Edgerton has released the following statement on TIGER Grant announcements. It states, "The City of Edgerton has confirmed that the Kansas Department of Transportation did not receive a federal TIGER grant for the BNSF Intermodal Project. In spite of this temporary setback, the City remains committed to the project and will continue to work with our partners at BNSF and the Allen Group of Kansas City towards the development of the BNSF Intermodal Facility and Logistics Park-KC."

Keep checking back to GardnerEDGE for further reaction to today's announcement.

UPDATE: BNSF Statement 12:41 pm 2/17/2010

Steve Forsburg, General Director for Public Affairs at BNSF Railway has issued the following statement concerning today's TIGER Grant announcements:

• BNSF greatly appreciates the consideration given to the public benefits that will be provided by this project and for the strong leadership demonstrated by all of the public officials, business and community leaders in the state of Kansas and the Kansas City region who supported the state’s application.

• We look forward to working with those same supporters in the future to help improve the region’s freight mobility, economy and environment through the eventual development of this important new intermodal facility.

• In early 2009, BNSF notified stakeholders that the KCIMF project would be deferred indefinitely until freight markets recover sufficiently to financially justify the construction of the facility.

• BNSF will continue to work with USDOT, KDOT and community leaders to evaluate whether alternative funding options are available that could return the construction timeline for the facility to a definitive schedule.

END of BNSF Statement.

Again, we encourage you to keep checking with GardnerEDGE for additional comments regarding today's TIGER Grant announcement.