Though Vice President Biden singled out Recovery Act-funded projects in Ohio and New York yesterday, the rest of the country has been busy as well. The Recovery Act is creating jobs in hundreds of different ways, but today we present a snapshot of how our transportation infrastructure is being moved into the 21st Century across the country:
"The Sacramento Employment and Training Agency received $90,000 to train people for transportation-related careers, officials announced Thursday. The federal stimulus money is part of a $6.7 million U.S. Department of Transportation award to fund similar apprenticeship programs in 14 states."
"Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says Cobb and Gwinnett counties will receive a total of $18.5 million in federal stimulus money for mass transit. LaHood announced Thursday that Cobb Community Transit will receive $9.1 million for rehabilitation, renovation and construction of a maintenance facility to expand the transit system's multi-use transit facility. Funds will also be used for preventive maintenance, engineering and design, and management of paratransit services."
"The Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District will receive $3.3 million in federal stimulus funds for replacing some of its bus fleet and for transit improvements at the Quad-City International Airport. The grant, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, will fund the purchase of eight 40-foot replacement buses for Metro and the installation of a passenger shelter bus stop at the airport in Moline."
"Federal stimulus money will finance a job-training program for people in northeast Kansas who are interested in building highways. The educational effort will be financed with $200,402 from the federal government, as part of the $6.7 million in financing going to 14 states through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act."
"More than $43 million in federal stimulus money will flow into the state for commuter rail improvements, including projects to improve service on the Haverhill and Fitchburg commuter lines, the governor's office said today. "We are committed to improving the quality and reliability of commuter rail service throughout the Commonwealth," Governor Deval Patrick said in a statement. "These recovery investments will help create jobs, improve our infrastructure and strengthen our long-term economy.""
"The state will receive millions of federal stimulus dollars to boost public transit, including more than $10 million to improve service on the Fitchburg line, state and federal officials announced yesterday. Massachusetts will get more than $64 million for public transit, of which more than $43 million will be used to improve commuter rail, according to a statement released yesterday from Gov. Deval L. Patrick’s office. That includes $10.2 million for interlocking work on the Fitchburg line, which should improve reliability and on-time performance. The work will prepare the Fitchburg line for a double-tracking project, which also will be funded by stimulus dollars."
"Officials say federal stimulus funds will provide more than $60 million to transit improvements in Minnesota. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in Washington Thursday that the money includes about $50 million for the Metropolitan Council, Minneapolis-St. Paul Region, to pay for hybrid electric buses, biodiesel capable buses and other vehicles."
"U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today that Minnesota will receive $64.3 million for transit improvements. The following agencies will receive Federal Recovery Act funds: The Metropolitan Council will receive $51.3 million to replace 117 buses, including 30 hybrid buses, and purchase three new buses. The Minnesota Department of Transportation Office of Transit will receive $7.4 million to replace 84 buses and five intercity motor coaches."
"Some $1.2 million in federal Recovery Act dollars will go to the Great Falls Transit District to buy four 29-foot low-floor buses and two vans. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the grant Thursday. "By quickly moving federal dollars to the cities and towns across the country, we are putting people back to work now and ensuring that our nation will have reliable and efficient transit systems for generations to come," LaHood said in a news release."
"U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced $13.4 million in stimulus funding for several small Pennsylvania transit agencies Thursday, including $4.1 million for Western Pennsylvania counties. Fayette County will get $923,540 toward the engineering, design and construction of a transit center, park and ride, and vehicle storage facility; Cambria County will get $1.3 million to renovate its transit center in Johnstown and purchase a new hybrid bus; and the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority will get $1.9 million to buy six new buses."
"Articulated buses designed to give riders an experience that resembles train service will be used on East Lancaster Avenue beginning next year, after $20 million in federal stimulus funding was awarded Thursday to the Fort Worth Transportation Authority. The T wasn’t the only winner. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced $159.6 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for 18 Texas projects, including $6 million for buses in Arlington, Cleburne, Parker County and other area jurisdictions that run specialty services, such as mobility programs for seniors."
"Two Virginia cities are getting $1.5 million in federal stimulus funds for transit upgrades. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Thursday that Danville and Williamsburg are getting the money."