USDOT awards $24.7 million for new Lexington train and bus station

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Downtown Lexington NC
Looking down South Main Street in Lexington )Kenneth C. Zirkel photo)

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded the city of Lexington $24.9 million to build a train and bus station in its Depot District, members of the state’s congressional delegation have announced.

The grant is being awarded through the USDOT’s Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) program.

“These BUILD grants will repair, rebuild and revitalize transportation systems across America,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said in a press release. The project includes replacement of the 7th Avenue grade crossing with a grade-separated crossing at 5th Avenue, as well as track improvements.

The Lexington project and new station will encourage economic development in the state, said U.S. Rep. Ted Budd (R-N.C.) in a press release.

“This depot will link Lexington to other centers of commerce like Charlotte, Salisbury, High Point, Greensboro and Raleigh; and will revitalize the city for decades to come,” Budd said.

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