Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced funding for 191 new Recovery Act transit projects in 42 states and Puerto Rico that will help transform the nation’s infrastructure and support thousands of jobs across the country.  In making the over $600 million in new awards, the Federal Transit Administration met an aggressive deadline to award 100 percent of its Recovery Act transit formula dollars by March 5, 2010.


The U.S. Department of Transportation is making $48.1 billion available through the Recovery Act for all transportation projects, including highway and bridge, rail transit, small shipyards and airport construction and repairs nationwide.  Of that, $36.8 billion already has been awarded. 


Awards to Texas –

·         City of Port Arthur – $1,159,928 – Construct Bus Support Facility

·         Capital Metropolitan Transit Authority – $7,496,704 – Purchase 7 buses; Operating Assistance; Pedestrian Access/Walkways

·         City of Tyler – $776,031 – Purchase 1 bus; Shelters, Renovate Bus Parking, Tyler Transit Depot Improvements

·         Via Metropolitan Transit Authority – $1,000,000 – Purchase One 40Ft. replacement bus; Acquire P&R Lot

Overall Texas State Total:  $10,432,663