Federal Transit Administration Official Breaks Ground for Brownsville Intermodal Terminal in Texas

Contact: Paul Griffo
Telephone: (202) 366-4064

                                     $2.33 Million in Recovery Funds Helps Create Jobs

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff joined members of the Texas Congressional Delegation and local officials in Brownsville today to take part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Brownsville Intermodal Terminal to be built, in part, with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funds. 

“This Administration is committed to providing all Americans with transportation options that improve the way they live, work and travel,” said Secretary Ray LaHood. “President Obama understands that transit plays a key role in growing the economy and revitalizing our communities.” 

"These Recovery Act funds will not only help create new jobs, but they will also build a state-of-the-art facility that will improve the lives of all Brownsville citizens.  This project will help revitalize downtown while giving the local economy a shot in the arm," said Administrator Rogoff.

The completed $31.3 million project will improve and expand local, regional and international transportation services to and from Brownsville and will aid in the revitalization of the central business district. 

Located within walking distance of the Gateway International Bridge, the 45,600 square feet of floor space will be built upon six acres and include a visitor reception room, passenger waiting areas, intercity bus company counters, package express area and transit office space.  It will also accommodate administrative office space for 105 employees, 32 buses — 14 local and 18 intercity, and will include approximately 12,000 square feet of joint development space for retail, restaurant or entertainment.

The facility will serve as the administrative and operating facilities of the Brownsville transit system and national and international private transportation providers.  It will also serve as a transfer point for rural and intercity operators and taxi cabs. 

Since President Obama signed ARRA into law on Feb. 17, 2009, grants totaling more than $7.6 billion have been made available for transit improvements throughout the nation. 

The U.S. Department of Transportation is making $48.1 billion available for highway, road, transit, bridge and airport construction and repairs nationwide.  Of that, $31.8 billion already has been obligated to fund more than 10,900 projects in 53 U.S. states and territories.