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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced that $280.4 million in Recovery Act funds will go to improve state and local transit systems in the United States while supporting the creation of jobs and providing much needed transportation options for millions.
“The Recovery Act was put in place quickly to rescue the economy from the worst recession since the Great Depression and rebuild it for a stronger future,” said Secretary LaHood. “Rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure is a key part of that prescription for strength. It creates jobs today and builds a better, more sustainable economy moving forward.”
“By quickly moving federal dollars to the cities and towns across the country, we are ensuring that our nation will have reliable and efficient transit systems for generations to come,” he added.
Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the majority of these grants will be used to purchase new vehicles, increase safety and security initiatives, construct, rehabilitate or maintain the various transit systems.
Since President Obama signed ARRA into law on Feb. 17, 2009, 384 grants totaling $3.5 billion have been made available for transit improvements throughout the nation.
“These funds are creating jobs now while investing in the future of our transit systems,” said Administrator Peter Rogoff of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). “The public’s demand for transit service continues to grow, and these dollars will help meet that need.”
The U.S. Department of Transportation has made $48.1 billion available for highway, road, transit, bridge and airport construction and repairs nationwide. Of that, $21.1 billion already has been obligated to fund more than 6,300 approved projects in 53 U.S. States and Territories.