Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Thursday morning the availability of $8.4 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for public transportation.
“All over the country, resources are being put to work not only creating jobs now – but also investing in the future. A future that strengthens our transit system, makes us more energy efficient and increases safety,” Biden said. “With this recovery package, we will be creating jobs, saving jobs, and putting money in people’s pockets. And with these resources, we’ll not only be rebuilding roads and bridges and schools, we’ll be rebuilding America.”
Tennessee is slated to get $72,016,364 of the funds.
"Investments in public transportation put people to work, but they also get people to work in a way that moves us towards our long term goals of energy security and a better quality of life," LaHood added. "That is why transit funding was included in the ARRA and why we think it is a key part of America's transportation future."
Use the table below to learn how much funding has been made available to repair and build the public transportation infrastructure in your state.
Earlier this week Gov. Phil Bredesen announced 10 Tennessee counties – Carroll,
Carter, Cocke, Fentress, Gibson, Giles, Hardeman, Hawkins, Macon and Monroe – will get new bridges as part of the first funds from the federal stimulus package.
The 10 bridge-replacement projects could be underway on the projects by the end of March.
“These 10 bridge projects will bring much needed private industry jobs to areas of the state in need of economic investment and will create a safer, more efficient bridge system for all of us,” Bredesen said. “Selecting local bridge projects also allows us to ease the burden of local governments, because funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act do not require local matching funds.”
All 10 bridges are owned, maintained and operated by local governments. Normally, local governments are required to provide a 20 percent match in order to receive bridge funds; however, that match is waived under the ARRA.
Tennessee should receive almost $70 million total to repair roads and bridges.