Nationís Top Transit Official in South Bend to Break Ground for New Transit Center; Project Received $3.7 Million in Recovery Act Funds


07-01-09
Contact: Paul Griffo
Telephone: (202) 366-4064

Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff was in South Bend, Indiana today to take part in a groundbreaking ceremony for a state-of-the-art transit complex to be built with funds, in part, from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

"This facility will not only provide the people of South Bend with the 21st Century transit system they need and deserve, but it will also mean a cleaner environment, as well as the immediate and long-term creation of jobs," said FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff.

The South Bend Public Transportation Corporation (Transpo) has received $18.3 in federal transit funds for the project, including an ARRA grant of $3.7 million that was announced last month.

The funds will be used to build the $20.9 million, 167,000-acre Emil "Lucky" Reznick Operations, Administration and Maintenance Facility, the largest transit project to be built in Indian in over a decade. The facility will replace the current transit center, which dates back to the 1880s.

Funds were applied for and are made available through the Federal Transit Administration assistance programs.  More than $2.22 billion has already been made available in 222 grants throughout the U.S. since President Obama signed the bill into law on February 17, 2009.  In total, ARRA includes $8.4 billion for capital transit improvements.