Contact: Paul Griffo
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Gainesville is one step closer to having a new facility for the operations, maintenance and repair of its growing bus system, thanks to a $9 million grant to the Gainesville Regional Transit System (RTS). If passed by Congress, President Obama’s American Jobs Act could make more projects like this possible throughout the country.
The grant is included among more than 300 competitive discretionary grants totaling nearly $930 million announced nationwide yesterday by Secretary LaHood and Administrator Rogoff to rebuild and renovate America’s transit infrastructure and plan for the future. FTA is providing nearly $39 million for 11 projects in Florida.
“American infrastructure built by American workers is a key priority for President Obama and will help get the economy moving,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Congress needs to pass the American Jobs Act so we can continue to invest in critically needed projects like this one, to repair and rebuild our nation’s transportation system
Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff was on hand today to announce the money, which will pay for a 30,000-square foot energy-efficient facility. The new facility will replace an aging, overcrowded garage that has outgrown RTS’s current fleet of 105 buses. Prior to today’s announcement, the project received $14.6 million in federal funding.
“Gainesville residents who rely on RTS to get to work, to school, or to the doctor deserve to ride buses that are safe, and on time,” said FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff. “Building this facility will continue to give the community plenty of transportation options, and will create much needed jobs now.”
The overall project, which is expected to create approximately 300 construction jobs, will ultimately include administrative offices and a body shop. The facility, which is set to begin construction in mid-2012, is designed to obtain the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’s (LEED) Silver Certification.
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. A complete list of successful project proposals can be found at http://fta.dot.gov/grants/13094.html