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

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

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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:

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.