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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

On Friday, Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced $600 million in funding for 191 new Recovery Act transit projects that will help transform the nation's infrastructure and support thousands of jobs across the country.

“Investing in these transit upgrades not only puts construction workers on the job at project sites, but supports American manufacturing jobs all the way down the supply chain,” said Vice President Biden. “At a time when jobs are priority number one, that means twice the employment bang for the Recovery Act buck.” [3/5/10]

Des Moines Register (Iowa) - $1.3 million stimulus slated for Des Moines bus service

The Des Moines area is to receive $1.3 million in federal money for bus service.

U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell, a Des Moines Democrat, announced Friday that the stimulus money would go to the Des Moines Area Transit Authority. He says it will be used to buy five buses, pay for work on an administrative and maintenance facility, and finance other equipment and operating assistance. [3/8/10]

The Register Herald (West Virginia) - Rahall announces $1.1 million in area transit funding

Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., announced Friday that the West Virginia Department of Transportation will receive $4.4 million in federal transit funds and that $1.1 million of those funds will go to southern West Virginia to purchase transportation vehicles and equipment and provide funding for maintaining current transportation service.

“Rural areas need top-notch public transportation and this funding will add a number of new vehicles to transportation fleets in several southern West Virginia counties,” said Rahall, vice chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “This money is a much needed infusion of funds into our communities and into the West Virginia Department of Transportation.” [3/5/10]

Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal (California) - VTA gets $12M in federal stimulus funds

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority has received $12.2 million in federal stimulus funds.

In a Friday announcement, VTA officials said they may use the funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Transit Administration to purchase an undetermined number of hybrid buses and perform maintenance.

VTA officials say projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds will generate up to 70 new jobs. New hybrid buses will replace vehicles that have been on the road from 12 to 14 years, and add to an existing fleet of 70 hybrid buses. [3/6/10]

Dayton Daily News (Ohio) - Greene County lands federal funds to buy buses

Vice President Joe Biden on Friday said that nearly $25 million in federal transit dollars will be distributed across Ohio, including $704,997 to help Greene County officials buy 10 new buses and maintain service.

The money, which also includes $280,988 for bus service in Middletown, is another installment from last year's $787 billion package designed to stimulate the nation's economy. In his announcement, Biden said the government was sending $600 million in transit money to 42 states. [3/5/10]

Chicago Sun-Times (Illinois) - Bridge to ease rail gridlock, create 1,450 jobs

A $133 million federal stimulus project to build a railroad 'flyover' at the Metra, Amtrak and freight tracks in Englewood will untie a knot in the nation's rail system and make way for high-speed rail, government and rail officials said Friday.

Ground will be broken on the project later this year, and it will be completed by 2012, said U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Chicago), who has promoted the project as part of the Chicago Regional Environmental and Transportation Efficiency program.

The project is expected to create 1,450 jobs, improve traffic on the Metra Rock Island line and cut Amtrak and freight delays. [3/6/10]

The Tribune Star (Indiana) - A look at the Stimulus Act's impact in the Valley

The Vigo County School Corp. Title 1 program is benefiting from $3.2 million in federal stimulus funds aimed at helping students strengthen their reading, writing and math skills.

Meanwhile, Covered Bridge Special Education District will receive $4.7 million over two years, primarily to improve the education of special needs students.

The stimulus funds have saved 10 full- and part-time jobs  -- two teaching assistants and eight certified staff -- that otherwise would have been cut because of reductions in the regular Title 1 grant, said Christi Fenton, the district's Title 1 coordinator. [3/6/10]

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