Secretary LaHood Announces $909.4 Million in Federal Recovery Act Funds for Transit Improvements


06-10-09
Contact: Paul Griffo
Telephone: (202) 366 - 4064

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced that 77 grants totaling $909.4 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) are being awarded for much needed transit improvements in 27 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. 

"This investment of federal funds in our nation's transit systems will promote greater mobility, a cleaner environment and more livable communities," LaHood said.

These funds are made available through the Federal Transit Administration assistance programs. $1.42 billion has been made available to 31 states since President Obama signed the law.

"These projects will put people back to work quickly, improve transportation options for millions, and will help rebuild the nation's economy," said FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff.

The federal dollars announced today will be used to purchase new equipment, including street cars, buses, ferries, paratransit vans, clean fuel vehicles and rail cars in more than half of the nation's states, including the Virgin Islands.   Funds will also pay for the construction of new transit facilities, bus shelters, repair and maintenance of transit systems and safety and security equipment.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, 2009, signed into law by President Barack Obama on February 17, 2009, includes $8.4 billion for transit capital improvements.  This law implements the transit formula program related provisions of the ARRA and provides program and grant application requirements for these funds, to be made available through Federal Transit Administration assistance programs.

Specific grant information can be found on FTA ARRA Grants Digest.

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