US Rail Gets Funding Boost

14 June 2009 (Last Updated June 14th, 2009 18:30)

US rail authorities have received funds to improve rail infrastructure across the country. The US Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant of $909.4m will be used for maintenance and upgrades at rail stations in Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington and Denver. The Ch

US rail authorities have received funds to improve rail infrastructure across the country.

The US Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant of $909.4m will be used for maintenance and upgrades at rail stations in Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington and Denver.

The Chicago Transit Authority will receive $240.2m to purchase new equipment, construct new facilities, repair and upgrade transit systems and install safety and security equipment.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will get $225.1m to upgrade Metro Rail and Metro Bus facilities and equipment and replace fiber optic equipment in the rail system.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will get $17.7m to implement a track pad/shock absorber rehabilitation programme, purchase and install emergency tunnel carts and storage cabinets and expand the agency's chemical sensor detection.

In addition, The Denver Regional Transportation District will receive $18.6m to design and construct Denver Union station.