Awarded 9/5/2013: $11.4M. Contract executed 6/5/2014.

U.S. DOT Announcement : FIU award of $11,397,120 for the UniversityCity Prosperity Project

Contract. Notice to proceedTIGER V FIU PIF Approval Letter  UniversityCity Prosperity Project Final Poster

State of Florida DOT LAP Agreement Executed   Public Transit Service Development Program Grant Award Notice (FY2015-2016)

ITPA Work Plan as submitted to FHWA   FY2016-2017 FDOT Public Transit Service Development Grant

  2013 UniversityCity TIGER Proposal and Award Documents

Proposal: UniversityCity Prosperity Project

Institutional Lead: SVP&CFO Kenneth Jessell

Principal Investigator: Dr. Naphtali Rishe


    Contract 6/5/2014

    9/5/2013 U.S. DOT awards FIU $11,397,120 for the UniversityCity Prosperity Project:

  • “PROJECT DESCRIPTION: TIGER funds will be used to support an innovative package of technology, streetscaping and transit improvements to connect the town of Sweetwater with Florida International University (FIU). Together they will increase access to jobs on the FIU campus and link two portions of campus that are currently disconnected. TIGER funds will be used to construct a new pedestrian bridge over a busy arterial road. These infrastructure improvements will support the economic growth of a major public research university and an adjacent small city.
    Utilizes innovative Intelligent Transportation System features to assist students, university staff, and community members to move efficiently to and through the FIU campus.
    Creates a complete street connection between two portions of the campus currently disconnected, including a new pedestrian bridge over a major street.
    Constructs complete streets improvements and campus walkways with a Boardwalk and Entry Plaza and Pavilion Project on campus.
  • “PROJECT BENEFITS: The project will facilitate transit use and safe pedestrian-oriented transit access via an advanced and comprehensive electronic wayfinding system. This unique and innovative combination of computing technology, transit station improvements, and pedestrian-oriented infrastructure will increase transit ridership and reduce congestion. This innovative approach to campus connectivity is a first-of-its-kind effort that serves as a model for other communities throughout the nation.”


UniversityCity Public Meeting - Friday, October 25th, 2013

 Proposal Supporting Documents and Other Materials & Media  

Initial Research Studies & Publications

UniversityCity Project and Charrette

Letters of Support


NEPA Process Letters & Documents


ITPA Scope Work - MDX $265,261

UniversityCity SAMS Documents

City Hall Intelligent Plaza & Parking Area (CHIPPA)


UniversityCity: FIU & Sweetwater, within Miami-Dade County, Florida

Research, Studies & Projects:

Video: Transforming Public Transportation

SR-836 Express

Parking Garage 6 (PG6)

Golden Panther Express

Express Bus Services

Healthy Communities

Ambulatory Care Clinic

Budget and Financial Documents:

Federal Wage Rate Certificate

Benefit Cost Analysis

Principals & Parties:

Images & Visual Aids:

Project Principals

University Leadership


All Images

Summary | Talking Points & Graphics

Aerial Photography



Appendices :

Previous TIGER Grant Proposal Sites:

Previously Submitted Proposals

Project Web Sites

FIU UniversityCity page

FIU Facilities Management UniversityCity page

City of Sweetwater TIGER page

City of Sweetwater TerraFly Data Page

    Contact: SVP/CFO Kenneth Jessell and Dr. Naphtali Rishe
    Florida International University
    M. Maidique Campus, 11200 SW 8th St, ECS-243, Miami, FL 33199
    (305)348-1706; Fax: (305)348-1707