Lowell — FTA Funding for Upgrades
The Lowell Sun reports that upgrades are on the way for the Lowell National Historical Park trolley system, thanks to $564,400 grant from the Federal Transit Administration under the Sarbanes Transit In Parks program.
The funding is part of a $12.5 million package announced on February 18 by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. The 29 winning projects across 20 states are meant to reduce traffic congestion and improve visitor access to national parks and protected areas.
Improvements to the Lowell National Historic Park trolleys will include tie replacement, brake rebuilding and electrical upgrades.
Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff said the investments are intended to help keep parks sustainable for years to come.
"By taking cars off the road and reducing harmful emissions and pollutants in our nation's most natural and pristine settings, we're helping Americans and visitors from around the world enjoy these public lands as they were meant to be enjoyed," he said.