Yesterday, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the winners of a government stimulus grant called TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery). Communities around the country competed for federal money to revamp their public transit systems. A flood of entries — nearly 1,400 — were whittled down to 51 winners.
We speak with Rodney Knott, President of the Manheim Neighborhood Association in Kansas City, which was one of the winning cities. Rodney is hoping that Kansas City will use the funds to institute Bus Rapid Transit. Takeaway correspondent Andrea Bernstein tells us about these revolutionary bus lines that have changed transportation in cities as far-flung as Bogota and Istanbul. Kansas City's would be the first Bus Rapid Transit in the U.S.