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Tucson lands federal grant for streetcar project

Tucson officials say the city has secured a $63 million federal grant for its modern streetcar project.

Tucson has been scrambling to secure the grant money before the new Congress is seated early next month.

The Arizona Daily Star says numerous reports have contended the Republican U.S. House is poised to sweep any stimulus funds that are not obligated, including some transportation grants like the one Tucson received for its streetcar.

Tucson Transportation Director Jim Glock electronically signed the paperwork Tuesday that officially obligates the $63 million for the modern streetcar. The Federal Transportation Administration announced the potential funding in February.

Tucson still needs the FTA to give its approval for the streetcar?s environmental assessment before it can draw down on the federal funds.

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