‘Build Week’ Tour Comes to Fort Pierce; Intermodal Facility Advances President’s Goal to ‘Win the Future’ By Investing in America

2/11/2011
Contact: Paul Griffo
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FORT PIERCE, FL – Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff today toured the site where construction workers are building the new St. Lucie Intermodal Transit Facility. The $3.2 million station, built with $1.4 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars, is a showcase of how American workers are meeting President Obama’s goal to “out-build the rest of the world.”

“This is an important investment in the future of Fort Pierce and St. Lucie County,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood. “This will provide a needed spark for the local economy by creating revenue for local businesses and jobs for workers.”

The 5,400 square foot bus terminal and transfer station includes an open colonnade waiting area for transit riders, space for ticket sales, a drivers’ lounge, handicap accessible public restrooms, a park-and-ride lot, bike racks and a pedestrian/bike trail. This sustainable “green” facility is equipped with photovoltaic roof panels and a cistern system for reclaimed water.

“President Obama's vision for winning the future means more job-creating projects just like this one, both here in Florida and across the nation," Administrator Rogoff said. “These investments will bolster our economy now while providing the residents of Florida with improved, energy efficient transit options for generations to come.”

Fort Pierce is one of the final stops of the Obama Administration’s “Build Week,” a week-long tour by Administration officials to showcase projects that are already making a big difference in the economy by spurring private sector investment and creating jobs in the communities where they are being built.

Earlier this week, Administrator Rogoff visited Raleigh, North Carolina, where he joined Transportation Deputy Secretary John Porcari for a tour of a federally-funded bus maintenance and operations facility construction project. He was also in Cleveland, Ohio, where workers are building a new, higher-capacity rapid transit station to replace the original Puritas Station, which was built in 1966. 

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