U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces $46.7 Million To Put Americans Back to Work Rebuilding, Modernizing Transit Facilities in Michigan

Announcement Follows Meeting with Governor Snyder, Mayor Bing, and County Officials to Discuss the Regionís Transportation Future

10/17/2011
Contact: Paul Griffo
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DETROIT Ė U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced $46.7 million for 16 Michigan projects that will put people to work renovating and building needed transit facilities, put more clean-fuel buses on the road and help communities plan for their future transit needs.†

The announcement followed a meeting between Secretary LaHood, Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, Detroit Mayor David Bing and local officials to discuss how to help Detroit and Southeastern Michigan move forward with regional transit solutions and address challenges resulting from decades of under-investment in vital transportation infrastructure.

"Strengthening and modernizing Michigan's transit systems will generate thousands of construction-related jobs and put more money in the pockets of working Americans," said Secretary LaHood. "But we must do more.

Congress needs to pass the American Jobs Act so we can continue to invest in critically needed projects to repair and rebuild our nationís transportation infrastructure."

The Michigan grants are among nearly 300 competitive discretionary grants totaling more than $900 million announced nationwide today by Secretary LaHood and Administrator Rogoff to rebuild and renovate America's transit infrastructure and plan for the future. The funds are from the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) fiscal year 2011 Alternatives Analysis, Bus Livability, and State of Good Repair programs.

"This money will ensure transit services in the City of Detroit and the State of Michigan are reliable and desirable and put hundreds of people to work at the same time," said Administrator Rogoff.† "As we create jobs and improve current service, we are also looking to the future of Greater Detroit by continuing discussions for a regional approach to transit planning."

FTA reviewed 839 project applications representing $4.9 billion in funding requests from transit providers across the country for the Fiscal Year 2011 competitive discretionary grant programs. Passing the American Jobs Act would help many more qualified projects to be funded, and create tens of thousands more jobs.

The complete list of selected projects can be found at†http://fta.dot.gov/grants/13094.html

Projects receiving federal funding in Michigan are:

  • The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments will receive $2 million to study transit options in a 5.9-mile section of the Woodward Avenue corridor between Eight Mile and Fifteen Mile Roads.
  • The Blue Water Area Transportation Commission will receive $6.9 million to replace the existing Quay Street Transfer Center with one that is more centrally located in downtown Port Huron. The project will consolidate the transfer center over a smaller area, decreasing the time needed to make necessary transfers and improving service to customers.†
  • The Capital Area Transit Authority will receive $4 million to replace buses in its fleet that are beyond their useful lives with hybrid-electric buses and to rehabilitate existing buses to extend their useful lives by five years.†
  • The Macatawa Area Express Transportation Authority will receive $2 million to replace its aging bus facility with one that will meet the needs of the current fleet while allowing for future expansion.† The new facility will include a number of LEED design aspects to allow savings on operating expenses.
  • The Thunder Bay Transportation Authority will receive $6 million for phases one and two of a new administration and maintenance facility. This facility will incorporate the newest circulation and ventilation system to reduce the harmful emissions from the diesel fleet.† To reduce operational costs, the facility will also include additional LEED and green design techniques to the greatest extent possible.†††
  • The Michigan DOT will receive $746,770 for public transportation bus equipment projects across the state in rural and small urban areas.†††
  • The Mass Transportation Authority in Flint will receive $5.2 million to purchase hybrid buses to replace city buses in its fleet that are beyond their useful lives, and $3 million to purchase CNG coaches to replace commuter buses in its fleet that are beyond their useful lives.
  • The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority will receive $2.6 million to purchase clean diesel buses with hybrid-electric components to increase bus service along the Washtenaw Avenue Corridor. The project is among a number of strategies for transportation and development improvements in the corridor. The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority will also receive $1.2 million to study transit alternatives in the 8.5-mile crescent-shaped corridor extending from northeast Ann Arbor through the University of Michigan (UM) North and Central Campus, through the UM South Campus to Briarwood Mall near I-94.†
  • The City of Grand Haven/Harbor Transit will receive $607,200 to purchase additional vehicles to allow the expansion of service into a nearby township not currently served by transit.†
  • The Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation will receive nearly $5 million to replace buses in its fleet that have met their useful lives with hybrid biodiesel/electric buses.†
  • The City of Detroit Department of Transportation will receive $6 million to replace buses that are beyond their useful lives, $518,291 to rehabilitate a number of buildings at its Coolidge Terminal, and $320,000 to develop an asset management system that will more effectively track the condition of its fleet, facilities and equipment.
  • The Interurban Transit Partnership will receive $600,000 to study the 12-mile Allendale corridor along Lake Michigan Drive/M-45 connecting the Grand Valley State University Allendale campus, the Standale/downtown Walker area, the GVSU Pew Campus, and downtown Grand Rapids.

A light rail project ending just south of Eight Mile Road is being planned for a 3.4-mile section of the Woodward Avenue corridor. The environmental process for both phases of the project was recently completed. Last year, Secretary LaHood awarded the Woodward Avenue project $25 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Actís TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) program.

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