U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $46.7 Million To Repair, Upgrade Transit Vehicles and Facilities in Michigan

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Contact: Angela Gates

EAST LANSING – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced $46.7 million in federal funding for Michigan to replace aging buses and transit facilities to improve service for thousands of people who take public transit every day. The seven projects are among 255 projects in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico selected to receive a share of $787 million in funding.

“President Obama’s support for an America built to last is putting people back to work across the country, including here in Michigan, modernizing our nation’s roads, rails, bridges and public transit systems,” said Secretary LaHood. “By investing in the transit infrastructure people depend on to get where they need to go each day, we will keep our economy moving forward well into the future.”

Robert Rivkin, General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Transportation, was in East Lansing today to announce a $6.3 million grant to the Capital Area Transportation Authority to renovate the East Lansing Amtrak Station near Michigan State University.

“This station provides a vital link for thousands of students and local commuters who pass through here every day to board a bus, hop a bike, or take a train,” said Rivkin. “This is a great win for the capital city region – modernizing essential facility, making it accessible for people with disabilities, improving safety for pedestrians and providing transportation options.”

A map of this year’s projects, along with a searchable table, can be found here: http://www.fta.dot.gov/about/12322_14741.html

In addition to the East Lansing grant, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced funding for six additional projects in Michigan:

Generally, a transit authority with a fleet of about 20 buses that upgrades from standard diesel to hybrid-electric power can expect to save roughly $200,000 in fuel costs over a year.

Reflecting the need for infrastructure investment, demand for the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) FY2012 State of Good Repair and Bus Livability funds was overwhelming. FTA received 836 project applications requesting $4 billion. In FY2010 and FY2011, FTA awarded a total of more than $1.8 billion in grants for hundreds of state of good repair projects, primarily involving buses and bus facilities.