Secretary LaHood Announces $229 Million in Economic Recovery Funds for
By Daniel Baxter
WASHINGTON, DC – May 1,
2009, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood today announced more
than $229 million for aviation infrastructure under the recently enacted
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). "This
Administration is committed to getting the U.S. economy going again and
these grants are a part of making that happen,” said Secretary LaHood.
"This grant represents a critical investment in our nation's airport
infrastructure that will boost the local economy by providing jobs for
|Secretary LaHood said the
Obama Administration is committed to getting ARRA money into the economy
as quickly as possible. He noted that President Obama signed the ARRA
into law on February 17, less than one month after taking the oath of
office. Less than two weeks later, on March 3, LaHood joined President
Obama and Vice President Biden at an historic announcement at the U.S.
Department of Transportation to mark the release of $26.6 billion to the
states and localities for highways, roads and bridges. The release of
funds came eight days earlier than required by law.
On March 5, Secretary LaHood joined Vice President Biden and Miami Mayor Manny Diaz to announce the availability of $8.4 billion for transit infrastructure. On March 12, Secretary LaHood announced that Pittsburgh International and Allegheny County Airports had received the first funding allocations for airport infrastructure projects, and on March 13, Vice President Biden announced that DOT made $1.3 billion available to Amtrak for capital and security improvements.
Secretary LaHood noted that in early February, prior to the passage of the ARRA, he had established a team within the Department of Transportation to ensure that economic recovery funding is rapidly made available for transportation infrastructure projects and that project spending is monitored and transparent.
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