Obama budget proposes $3.2 billion for transit infrastructure

Posted on February 15, 2011

Tuesday, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced funding recommendations for 10 new capital transit construction projects around the country as part of President Obama's FY12 budget request.

The Obama Administration's budget proposal, announced yesterday, included a record $3.2 billion in funding for 28 transit construction projects across the U.S. that will increase mobility, reduce energy consumption and curb air pollution.

"As President Obama made clear in his State of the Union Address, we must win the future by investing in a modern transportation network that will enable us to out-compete the rest of the world," Secretary LaHood said. "The projects we are proposing to Congress are an important down payment on the President's promise to strengthen our transportation networks for the 21st century."

The spending plan included in President Obama's budget submitted to Congress Tuesday recommends investing $569.3 million in 10 new transit construction projects, including rail and bus rapid transit projects in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington State.

An additional 11 projects that were recommended for funding in previous years, but have not yet received federal commitments, are also being recommended for $1.4 billion in this year's budget.

In addition to the transit construction projects that have not yet been funded, the budget provides $835.4 million for the continued funding of seven additional rail transit projects already operational or under construction in New York, Dallas, Salt Lake City, Seattle, and Northern Virginia.

Several additional projects that might become ready for federal funding during FY 2012 were mentioned as possible candidates for $400 million that is included in the President's budget for capital transit projects. These include the Westside Subway Extension (Subway to the Sea) and the Regional Connector Transit Corridor in Los Angeles; the Columbia River Crossing in the Portland, Ore. and Vancouver, Wash. area; and the Charlotte Blue Line Extension in North Carolina.

All the recommendations are part of the FTA's Annual Report on Funding Recommendations for Fiscal Year 2012, available here.



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