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
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
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
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.
Bay Transportation Authority – $13,900,000. Improvements to Ashmont Station.
Regional Transit Authority – $199,947. Repair and Replacement of Ornamental
Fencing at the Attleboro Commuter Rail Station.
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
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.
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
Oregon Department of
Transportation – $38,400,000. Purchase two high-speed passenger rail train sets
for use in commuter rail service.
Pennsylvania Transportation Authority – $12,475,988. Renovations to SEPTA`s
Tennessee: Regional Transportation
Authority (Nashville) – $1,900,000. Construct the Martha Station; operating