Aug. 30, 2012
Close to $37 million tagged for public transportation projects
AUSTIN—Millions of dollars are coming to Texas as a result of federal program funding dedicated to upgrading public transportation infrastructure and supporting service operations across the state.
The Texas Transportation Commission today approved close to $37 million in federal transit money along with approximately 4.4 million in Transportation Development Credits (TDC).
The money will fund critically-needed public transportation services and projects such as replacing outdated facilities and retiring older, less-efficient vehicles and replacing them with newer, fuel-efficient versions. The dollars also provide financial support to provide transportation for persons with disabilities as well as for clients going back and forth to work or participating in job training programs.
These programs benefit citizens all across the state, said Eric Gleason, TxDOT Public Transportation Division Director.
"Itís important for Texas to support a healthy public transportation system, to assure that citizens from all walks of life have easy and efficient access to jobs, medical centers, education, shopping malls and other locations," he noted.
The money was awarded in seven separate minute orders including:
Transportation development credits are awarded to various transportation
agencies to assist with the match of federal funds for capital projects. The
Commission made special mention at the meeting that TDC awards were an
important and innovative financing option for areas with limited to no local