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Buffalo awarded $18M for 'Cars Sharing Main Street'
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The U.S. Department of Transportation on Monday awarded the City of Buffalo $18 million to continue the "Cars Sharing Main Street" project.

The funding comes from the TIGER, or Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, grants.

"It's probably the hardest federal grant to get, because it's so sought-after," said U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, who got word of the grant award during a personal phone call from U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

"Called me this morning and said we had won," Schumer said.

The $18 million in federal funding will be used to return car traffic to the block of Main Street between Exchange and Scott Streets. The state and city will provide the remaining $4.5 million needed for the project.

Buffalo has already received funding to return cars to the 700, 600 and 500 Blocks of Main Street.

"It brings not just cars back, but people back, and that makes businesses and stores want to come," Schumer said.

Buffalo applied for a TIGER grant for this part of Main Street last year and was not awarded any funding. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said the city worked with the D.O.T. and Senator Schumer's office to improve the application.

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