March 10, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin Announce $708,500 in U.S. Department of Transportation Funding for West Virginia

Money Goes to the City of Ranson to Support Housing and Transportation Needs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin III (both D-W.Va.), today announced that the City of Ranson in Jefferson County will receive $708,500 in grant money through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. 

“This announcement marks another important step forward in developing West Virginia’s transportation infrastructure,” said Senator Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.  “Our state fully understands the importance these TIGER grants to meet West Virginia’s housing and transportation needs.  There is no doubt that this money will help get our economy back on track and improve our vital state transportation system.

“Reliable and innovative transportation infrastructure helps us attract the businesses and residents that create jobs and really drive economic development,” Senator Manchin said. “I am pleased that Jefferson County has received this TIGER grant that will help keep the area competitive.”


TIGER grants are awarded on a competitive basis, under FY 2010 Appropriations Act, for projects that will have a significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area or a region.

The City of Ranson, West Virginia and its partner, the City of Charles Town, West Virginia will use the funding for the “Green Corridor Revitalization” planning project.  This initiative will create a plan to improve the community’s main roadway into a “complete street” with green infrastructure, design the transformation of a historic public building into a regional Commuter Center, and tie these transportation improvements together with a new form-based Smart Code to foster sustainable community development.