Youngstown Mayor Tito Brown took a trip to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday to accept over $10 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The money is being provided to the SMART2Network as part of a BUILD grant for transportation improvements in downtown Youngstown. A part of those improvements includes a self-driving shuttle connecting Mercy Health, Youngstown State University, downtown Youngstown and the Chill Can plant.
Improvements also include transit waiting areas, pedestrian and bike facilities, green infrastructure and streetscaping.
Brown talked to WKBN from Washington on Tuesday about the project. He said it’s one of the largest grants that Youngstown has received, and he believes that it will spur economic growth in the central business district.
“This will be a transformative opportunity for us in the city of Youngstown,” he said.
Watch the video above to see the full interview.
Before this announcement, the city already locked down $15 million in matched funding and donations for the project.
Youngstown is one of just three areas in Ohio receiving a grant.