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Vice President Biden, U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood, Miami Mayor Diaz Announce Availability of $8.4 Billion in Public Transportation Investments

Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, and Miami Mayor Manny Diaz announced March 5 ...

March 06, 2009

Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, and Miami Mayor Manny Diaz announced March 5 the availability of $8.4 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to states and local transportation authorities to repair and build America’s public transportation infrastructure. The announcement took place at the future site of the Miami Intermodal Center, which is slated to serve as a 21st century hub for all types of mass transit. 

"What’s happening here in Miami, we have happening all over America. Resources are being put to work not only creating jobs now – but also investing in the future. A future that strengthens our transit system, makes us more energy efficient and increases safety," said Vice President Joe Biden.  "With this recovery package, we will be creating jobs, saving jobs, and putting money in people’s pockets. And with these resources, we’ll not only be rebuilding roads and bridges and schools, we’ll be building new transit centers like this one. And that means we’ll be rebuilding America." 

"Investments in public transportation put people to work, but they also get people to work in a way that moves us towards our long term goals of energy security and a better quality of life," said Secretary LaHood.  "That is why transit funding was included in the ARRA and why we think it is a key part of America’s transportation future." 

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) currently plans to use $2.1 million in ARRA transit funds to relocate an aging Miami Greyhound Terminal from its existing isolated location to become an integral part of the $1.7 billion intermodal center, where it will make connections between all modes of transportation, including transit buses, commuter rail, intercity rail, and airport shuttles.  

The U.S. Department of Transportation has already committed $540 million in federally financed loans, about one-third of the total cost, for the intermodal center, which is proceeding on time and on budget. 

The U.S. Department of Transportation will monitor state compliance and track job creation. The projects will be web-posted for the public to see with information on projects accessible at www.recovery.gov.

A state-by-state rundown of the $8.4 billion for transit capital improvements follows:

State

Amount

Alabama

46,459,047

Alaska

41,632,703

American Samoa

341,099

Arizona

100,561,948

Arkansas

28,409,450

California

1,068,448,693

Colorado

103,469,063

Connecticut

137,526,347

Delaware

17,643,474

District of Columbia

124,914,899

Florida

316,196,713

Georgia

143,561,526

Guam

921,976

Hawaii

43,837,375

Idaho

18,398,968

Illinois

467,537,681

Indiana

84,285,780

Iowa

36,483,617

Kansas

30,727,408

Kentucky

50,295,172

Louisiana

65,734,213

Maine

13,266,106

Maryland

179,262,087

Massachusetts

319,718,084

Michigan

134,956,466

Minnesota

94,093,115

Mississippi

25,466,306

Missouri

85,133,543

Montana

15,611,710

N. Mariana Islands

1,114,292

Nebraska

23,309,592

Nevada

49,463,771

New Hampshire

13,164,584

New Jersey

524,231,441

New Mexico

27,749,995

New York

1,222,252,991

North Carolina

103,304,242

North Dakota

10,997,090

Ohio

179,808,408

Oklahoma

39,163,565

Oregon

75,716,939

Pennsylvania

343,703,209

Puerto Rico

68,970,497

Rhode Island

29,552,290

South Carolina

41,154,218

South Dakota

11,289,101

Tennessee

72,016,364

Texas

374,524,702

Utah

58,084,648

Vermont

5,680,572

Virgin Islands

1,284,112

Virginia

116,105,505

Washington

179,046,604

West Virginia

18,675,475

Wisconsin

81,640,826

Wyoming

9,300,398

Total Apportioned

7,476,200,000

Oversight

56,800,000

Tribal Transit

17,000,000

Discretionary Energy Funding

100,000,000

New Starts

750,000,000

Grand Total

8,400,000,000

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