US Announces $8.4Bn for Public Transport Rejuvenation

5 March 2009 (Last Updated March 5th, 2009 18:30)

US Vice President Joe Biden, along with senior transport officials, has announced the availability of $8.4bn from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to states and local transportation authorities to repair and build America's public transportation infrastructure. Biden sai

US Vice President Joe Biden, along with senior transport officials, has announced the availability of $8.4bn from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to states and local transportation authorities to repair and build America's public transportation infrastructure.

Biden said that by rebuilding transport, the country would be rebuilding America.

"What's happening here in Miami, we have happening all over America," he said. "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.

"With this recovery package, we will be creating jobs, saving jobs and putting money in people's pockets."

US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that the funding is a key part if the US transportation future.

"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," he explained.

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

The US Department of Transportation has already committed $540m in federally financed loans, about a third of the total cost, for the intermodal centre, which is proceeding on time and on budget.

The US 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 recovery.gov.

By Daniel Garrun.