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Friday, March 05, 2010

Nearly 200 new Recovery Act transit projects in 42 States

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Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced funding for 191 new Recovery Act transit projects in 42 states and Puerto Rico that will help transform the nation's infrastructure and support thousands of jobs across the country. In making the over $600 million in new awards, the Federal Transit Administration met an aggressive deadline to award 100 percent of its Recovery Act transit formula dollars by March 5.

Since President Obama signed the Recovery Act in February 2009, the FTA has awarded 881 grants totaling $7.5 billion, which means all the formula transit funds provided by the Recovery Act have now been "obligated" or committed to specific transit projects. Once funds are obligated to a project, contracts can be bid, workers can be hired, buses and rail cars can be purchased and work can begin on transit construction projects that create jobs and drive economic growth. Recovery Act transit projects have already generated enough work to employ thousands of people nationwide and activity is expected to ramp up even further in the months ahead as new projects break ground and equipment orders are fulfilled.

So far, Recovery Act funds have supported the purchase of nearly 12,000 buses, vans and rail vehicles, the construction or renovation of more than 850 transit facilities and the performance of more than $620 million in preventive maintenance, which has helped to save transit service and jobs, and enhance service reliability.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is making $48.1 billion available through the Recovery Act for all transportation projects, including highway and bridge, rail transit, small shipyards and airport construction and repairs nationwide. Of that, $36.8 billion already has been awarded

FTA Recovery Act awards for rail projects include:

California. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority -$69,776. Metro Blue Line traction power substation

Southern California Regional Rail Authority - $4,675,477. Rehab Track, Positive Train Control, Keller Yard storage, Central Maintenance Facility Guard, Insurance.

San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District  - $16,972,052. BART- Railcar and Station Equipment Improvements

Municipal Transportation Agency/City and County of San Francisco- $18,221,874.  Rebuild LRVs and preventive maintenance.

District of Columbia:  Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority - $1,605,000.Preventive Maintenance Costs.

Georgia: Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Agency - $2,260,703. Operating Assistance.

Illinois: Commuter Rail Division of Regional Transportation Authority (Metra) - $122,165. Bridge rehabilitation and/or reconstruction on the Metra Union Pacific North Line.

Massachusetts: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority - $13,900,000. Improvements to Ashmont Station.

Greater Attleboro-Taunton Regional Transit Authority - $199,947. Repair and Replacement of Ornamental Fencing at the Attleboro Commuter Rail Station.

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority - $54,110,000. Operating Assistance and State of Good Repair Improvements to the MBTA's Rapid Transit Network

Maryland: Maryland Transit Administration (Baltimore) - $2,874,205. Additional funds for MARC Public Address System.

New Jersey: New Jersey Transit Corporation - $52,403,812. Purchase 114 expansion buses; track renovations; Intermodal Terminals; signal systems misc. support equip.

New York: New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority - $4,396,596. Rail repair and rehab work at 5 stations

Ohio: Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority - $9,346,772. Operating Assistance and Track Rehab. Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority - $1,022,509. Station Rehab & Track Upgrades.

Oregon: Tri-County Metropolitan Transit District of Oregon (Portland) - $4,250,000. Construct the Willow Creek pocket track light rail line; Replace underground storage tanks; Install wayside horns on commuter rail line; Install replacement bicycle locker units.

Oregon Department of Transportation - $38,400,000. Purchase two high-speed passenger rail train sets for use in commuter rail service.

Pennsylvania: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority - $12,475,988. Renovations to SEPTA`s Malvern Station.

Tennessee: Regional Transportation Authority (Nashville) - $1,900,000. Construct the Martha Station; operating assistance.

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