By Associated Press - Monday, October 26, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The city of Buffalo will get $18 million in federal funding to help return cars to Main Street.

Members of the region’s congressional delegation announced the U.S. Department of Transportation grant on Monday.

A section of Main Street running through downtown has been closed to vehicular traffic since the opening of a light-rail system more than 25 years ago. Officials say that’s been bad for businesses.

The funding announced Monday is the latest toward efforts to reconfigure the roadway so that’s it is shared by both cars and trains.

The money was awarded through the competitive program known as TIGER. That’s short for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Discretionary Grant Program.

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