MTA Receives $1.5 Million for Safety

January 21, 2017 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Safety Research & Demonstration Program is giving more than $1.5 million to the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), U.S. Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, both D-N.Y., announced.

Feds Allocates $390 Million to Reimburse Transit Agencies in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania Recovering from Hurricane Sandy

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the allocation of nearly $390 million in FY 2013 Disaster Relief Appropriations Act funds to reimburse the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and the Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corp. (PATH). The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) received a smaller reimbursement for expenses incurred while preparing for and recovering from Hurricane Sandy. The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act authorized a total of $10.9 billion, which is now reduced by 5 percent, or $545 million, because of the mandatory budget cuts known as sequestration that took effect on March 1. “When Hurricane Sandy devastated public transportation systems

Feds Sign $1.55 Billion Federal Funding Agreement to Build First Rail Transit System in Hawaii

December 31, 2012 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Dec. 19 signed an agreement to provide $1.55 billion in taxpayer money to the city and county of Honolulu on the island of Oahu to build Hawaii’s first-ever rail transit system. The project is expected to shorten commutes in one of the most congested cities in the nation, provide greater transit options to Oahu’s residents and visitors, and create tens of thousands of construction-related jobs. “The Honolulu rail transit project, the first of its kind in the state, will bring new transit options to the growing region and create a modern transportation

LaHood: $75 Million to Extend Light Rail in Arizona

November 29, 2012 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood last month announced a $75 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to build a 3.1-mile light rail extension connecting the city with Phoenix and Tempe. LaHood was joined at the event by Congressman Ed Pastor, Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff and local officials. “The Obama Administration is committed to bringing more public transportation choices to fast-growing cities like Mesa,” LaHood said. “By investing in this light rail project, we are helping thousands of workers, seniors, students and others in Maricopa County connect with jobs, medical

FRA Announces Proposed Enhancements to Passenger Train Emergency Systems

January 5, 2012 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

WASHINGTON — U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Jan. 3 announced proposed changes to existing Passenger Train Emergency Systems regulations that could further protect occupants of passenger trains during emergencies. “Safety is our highest priority,” LaHood said.  “Adoption of these safety measures will help rail passengers locate and operate emergency exits.  These improvements will also make sure that first responders can quickly reach passengers in need during emergency situations.” The proposed regulations aim to improve railroad safety by helping improve the ability to safely evacuate passengers and crew members in the event of an emergency.  Specifically, the rule addresses passenger

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