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San Antonio Business Journal (Texas) - VIA receives stimulus funds to reduce greenhouse emissions from buses

VIA Metropolitan Transit received two separate grants totaling $6 million that will be used to support energy-efficiency efforts at the transit authority.

Both grants are funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Congressman Ciro D. Rodriguez, D-San Antonio, says the federal funds will help ensure that San Antonio's local transportation needs are met.

“Efficient and accessible transportation is vital for the continued development of San Antonio, the nation's seventh largest city,” Rodriguez says. “These projects are part of our overall plan to diversify our transportation systems while creating jobs to bolster the economy in San Antonio.”[3/8/10]

Palo Alto Online (California) - Feds award $17 million in transit grants to Valley

Nearly $17 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants have been awarded to the Silicon Valley public-transportation systems.

Two of the three grants will fund hybrid buses for Santa Clara County's Valley Transportation Authority and San Mateo County's Samtrans system. The third grant will fund new Caltrain railroad bridges in San Mateo County.

Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) said investment in transit is a great use of stimulus money because the work creates jobs in construction and transit operations. [3/8/10]

MSN Money - Stimulus supports thousands of Kansas construction jobs, report finds

The 50 ongoing or completed stimulus-financed highway construction projects in Kansas have supported 5,681 jobs that wouldn't exist otherwise, a new report shows.

The American Recovery Reinvestment Act provided $48 billion for transportation improvements during two years, including $27.5 billion for highway, bridge and related construction projects, the association said in a release. Kansas received a total $348.2 million, all of which is committed. [3/9/10]

Long Beach Press Telegram (California) - Stimulus drives road fix

As caravans of big rigs rumbled past, construction began Monday on $22 million worth of road improvements along a 1.3- mile, pockmarked stretch of Harry Bridges Boulevard in Wilmington.

'This groundbreaking is a great shot in the arm for the local economy,' said Rep. Jane Harman, D-El Segundo, whose congressional district includes the area of Wilmington just north of Harry Bridges Boulevard.

'We're not just throwing money somewhere,' she said. 'We are making a long-term investment in infrastructure that's critical, not just to our local economy, but to California, the nation and the world.'

The Board of Harbor Commissioners awarded an $18.6 million contract in January to Downey-based Sialac Contractors Corp. to complete the project, which is expected to generate about 250 construction jobs. [3/8/10]

Charleston Regional Business Journal (South Carolina) - 101 highway ARRA projects underway or completed in S.C

There are 101 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-financed highway construction projects underway or completed in South Carolina totaling $278 million in funds, according to data released today by Washington, D.C.-based American Road and Transportation Builders Association.

The projects have supported or are supporting 7,736 jobs in South Carolina that would otherwise not exist, said ARTBA Vice President of Economics and Research Bill Buechner.

ARRA provided $48 billion for transportation improvements over two years, including $27.5 billion for highway, bridge and related construction projects nationwide. It provided $465.3 million to South Carolina for highway, bridge and related improvements. [3/9/10]

St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri) - WU gets stimulus funds for genetic studies

Federal stimulus funds will pay for an expansion of the genetics data center at Washington University School of Medicine, school officials announced Tuesday.

The medical school received a $14.3 million construction grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to add on to the existing center and double its size to 32,000 square feet.

About 350 jobs will be created by the construction and expansion, school officials said. [3/10/10]

Shreveport Times (Louisiana) - Stimulus money to up green, police efforts

Much of Shreveport's piece of the pie will go to greening city vehicles and buildings and increasing available money for law enforcement.

Shreveport and Bossier City's public transit system received more than $4.6 million in stimulus funding. That money also will be used to train workers to work on natural gas-operated vehicles.

Ranks at the Police Department will grow because of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. It will mean money to hire more police officers or pay overtime to those who already wear the badge.

A $3.3 million grant will help Shreveport employ 27 officers over three years. [3/9/10]

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