Exciting news for transit improvements! The $928.5 million is available through the Federal Transit Administration’s fiscal year 2011 Alternatives Analysis, Bus Livability, and State of Good Repair Programs. It will go toward replacing or refurbishing aging buses, building or improving bus terminals, garages, and other transit facilities, installing bus-related equipment, and conducting studies to help communities select the best transit options to meet future transportation needs.
Transit investment creates 31% more jobs per dollar than investments in new construction of roads and bridges. Replacement vehicles will use cleaner fuels than the the standard diesel.
Texas will get $57,078,664 for sixteen projects, distributed across the state in major metropolitan regions and outlying areas.
- Houston and Harris County get funding for a circulator study for Houston’s East Downtown, vehicle replacements, and facility improvements for Kashmere and Hiram Clarke. They also get money for transit asset management, enabling better decision-making based upon quality information and well-defined objectives.
- The alternatives analysis for the Galveston-Houston Mobility Corridor will receive the funding needed for completion. Galveston will also get the Seawall Boulevard Transit Pedestrian Access and Beautification Plan and construction of bus stop amenities to support new
- The Woodlands will get a transit terminal.
- A plan for Conroe on Complete Street and Transit Access to Support Multi‐Modal Options will be funded as well.
- Longview Transit Facility Rehab
- Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART): Vehicle replacements.
- Denton County Transportation Authority: Facility Replacement
- Texoma: Paratransit Vehicle Replacements
- Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Cap Metro) will receive money for the Austin Bike & Rides for Livable Communities‐Last Mile Solution. This will allow Cap Metro to install MetroBike bike share facilities at seven major transit facilities, all of which connect to Metrobus service. Cap Metro will also have funds for vehicle replacements.
- VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio will get funds for its VIA Primo: Bus Rapid Transit service Leon Valley Extension (Bandera
Rd) and for facility improvements.
- El Paso: Millennium Vehicle Replacements
Kari Banta, Transportation Associate