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Gary Public Transportation Corp. gets America Walks grant for crosswalk upgrades

Gary Public Transportation Corp.

The Gary Public Transportation Corporation's "tactical urbanism" efforts have gotten a boost. The bus operator was recently awarded a Community Change Grant from the nonprofit group America Walks.

That will help with the agency's efforts to upgrade downtown sidewalks. It's seen as a low-cost way to improve safety while also beautifying the streetscape.

GPTC has already gotten state funding for the effort. The 15-hundred dollars from America Walks will help connect the project to Union Station, according to GPTC board documents. The ultimate goal is to create a "Downtown Gary Art and Fitness Trail," connecting bus stops to art and historic buildings.