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Over 300 Transit Projects To Receive Funding from the Federal Transit Administration

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced the Fiscal Year 2011 award recipients for three of its discretionary grant programs: Alternatives Analysis, Bus Livability and State of Good Repair. A total of $928.5 million is being awarded for over 300 transit projects across the country. The FTA received 839 applications for these three funding programs, representing $4.9 billion in requests from transit providers. These grants include a combination of capital, operating and maintenance projects. The Alternatives Analysis grants are focused on studying options for future transit service; the Bus Livability grants will go toward the replacement or refurbishment of aging buses and bus-related facilities; and the State of Good Repair grants will fund improvements to existing transit fleets and facilities.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff made the announcement in Detroit, Michigan. LaHood stated:

"Investing in America’s transit systems, rails, roads, ports, and airports will generate tens of thousands of construction-related jobs and put more money in the pockets of working Americans," said Secretary Ray LaHood. "But we must do more. Congress needs to pass the American Jobs Act so we can continue to invest in critically needed projects like these, to repair and rebuild our nation’s transportation system.”

Rogoff stated:

"These grant funds will make sure that bus service in our communities remains reliable and desirable while putting thousands of Americans to work at the same time,” said Administrator Rogoff.  “By passing the American Jobs Act, Congress can accelerate these efforts and give the American people the opportunity to keep more of their paycheck in their wallet rather than hand it over at the gas pump."

Grant recipients include:

Alternatives Analysis:

  • $2 million for an Alternatives Analysis of the second phase of the planned Woodward Avenue transit corridor in Detroit.
  • $2 million for an Alternatives Analysis of two central corridors in Indianapolis which will form the backbone of a proposed regional transit expansion.
  • $1 million for an Alternatives Analysis of the five-mile South Central Corridor in the City of Phoenix.
  • $760,000 for a streetcar analysis in New Haven, Connecticut.
  • $600,000 for a transit corridor study of the Midtown Corridor in Minneapolis.

Bus Livability:

  • $5.4 million for Seattle’s Sound Transit to replace its aging buses with hybrid-diesel buses.
  • $2.1 million to Omaha’s transit agency to construct three new multimodal transit centers to replace current on-street hubs.
  • $768,000 to the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) in California to start a bike sharing pilot program at four commuter rail stations.
  • $554,473 to Austin’s Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority to install bike facilities at major transit stations, as part of its Last Mile Program.

State of Good Repair:

  • $25 million to Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to replace aging buses.
  • $6.7 million to Alameda-Contra Costa Transit to replace elevators and upgrade buildings to meet environmental standards.
  • $1.5 million to Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to develop an integrated asset management system that will allow it to track the condition of the agency’s fleet, facilities, and equipment.

The press release is available here.

A full list of grant recipients by state is available here

A full list of grant recipients by funding program is available here.