A $10 million federal grant has been awarded to Nashville to improve the city's transit system.
Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff joined Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Nashville MTA Chief Executive Officer Paul Ballard in announcing the funding Friday morning.
The money will go toward the Nashville Transit Signal Priority System upgrade.
The $13.8 million project includes the installation of upgraded traffic signals and safety enhancements that will improve on-time bus service and provide a more comfortable ride for the thousands who travel on Nashville's buses daily.
Decades-old traffic signals will also be upgrade and signal priority equipment added for all of the fixed-route buses serving southeastern Nashville along Murfreesboro Road.
The project also includes upgraded bus shelters, real-time information signs, and new pedestrian crosswalks and sidewalks along the Murfreesboro corridor, which carries the second-highest transit ridership in Nashville.
More than 890,000 rides were provided along the route in 2012 alone.
The $10 million grant is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER, grant program.
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