WILMINGTON, DE - U.S. Senators Joe Biden and Tom Carper announced today that the U.S. Senate has approved a $100,000 federal appropriation designed to help Claymont reverse decreasing population and housing projections by assisting in the development of an area-wide transportation plan. The plan will include efforts to improve the efficiency of the existing system by examining how better transportation effects can encourage private sector development. The goal is to transform the city into a model for neighborhood revitalization by encouraging new businesses and expanding community re-investment efforts. The federal monies will reduce the need for costly future investments in public infrastructure and ensure increased access to jobs, services and centers of trade. "When planners are looking to reinvigorate a community, one of the first things they look to is the transportation system in that area," Biden said. "You could have wonderful neighborhoods, great shopping centers and a committed business community, but without easy access to those areas and an adequate infrastructure to sustain it, the area will remain static." "Claymont is in the midst of a community renaissance. These appropriations are an important step," Carper said. "Better transportation will encourage private sector development and allow better access to jobs. I am encouraged by the shared vision of community leaders to help Claymont reach its potential." Claymont, located just north of Wilmington, is an integral part of the transportation network between Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. It includes the transportation corridors of I-95 and I-495. The grant will facilitate the development of the Claymont Transportation Plan. The plan includes efforts to improve the efficiency of the existing system by examining how better transportation effects can encourage private sector development. Senators Carper and Biden also announced today $11 million in federal appropriations for transit improvements in New Castle, $750,000 for the Jobs Access and Reverse Commute Grant program, $4 million to fund statewide deployment of an Integrated Transportation Management System and $4 million for the Wilmington Transit Connector Project.