U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Announces $2.5 Million in Economic Recovery Act Dollars for ‘Green’ Transit Facility in Clemson

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Contact: Paul Griffo
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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced $2.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) dollars for construction of a new multi-purpose, “green” transit facility in Clemson, South Carolina.  The facility will be built solely through Recovery Act funds.

“With this project we are putting people to work here in Clemson while rebuilding our transportation infrastructure and helping the environment,” said Secretary LaHood.  “The Recovery Act is improving our economy and putting people back to work all across the country.”

“Thanks entirely to Recovery Act dollars, this environmentally-friendly facility is being built and will serve Clemson citizens for years to come,” said Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff.

Upon completion, the project will consist of nearly 7,000 square feet of administrative space, approximately 16,500 square feet of covered bus storage areas and a bus wash for Clemson's transit fleet.  The three-acre parcel of land adjacent to the town of Central, purchased by the City of Clemson, is located along the existing Clemson Area Transit (CAT) route.

The CAT`s new home will consist of energy-efficient features including solar panels installed on portions of the 20,000 square feet of available roof, heat-reflecting windows, efficient heating and cooling systems, energy efficient lighting, recycling of storm water, use of sun energy, and native plants.  CAT has been serving the citizens of Clemson for 15 years and provides more than two million trips annually with a fleet 26 buses.

Since President Obama signed ARRA into law on February 17, 2009, grants totaling more than $7.2 billion have been awarded for transit improvements throughout the nation.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is making $48.1 billion available for highway and bridge, rail transit, small shipyards and airport construction and repairs nationwide.  Of that, $32.4 billion already has been awarded and will support 11,572 projects in 55 U.S. states and territories.