Federal Transit Administration frees up $72.6 Million for Reimbursement of Miami-Dade ARRA Projects
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has freed up $72.6 million in federal funds to Miami-Dade Transit for reimbursement of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) projects. Of the $72.6 million, $12.7 million represents the municipal project portion as allocated by the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the remaining $59.9 million is for regional transportation projects. Among the multi-year ARRA program projects are buses for the City of Hialeah; trolleys for the City of Miami; replacement of Metromover station canopies, escalators and elevators; purchases of buses for Kendall enhanced bus service; and safety and operational improvements to Metrorail.
"This is welcome news. The County has been absorbing the expenditures associated with these ongoing ARRA projects in order to maintain this important national and regional priority program," said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. "This announcement comes on the heels of FTA's $62.5 million reimbursement to Miami-Dade Transit."
"We will continue to work closely with the FTA to ensure that the department's drawdown privileges will be fully restored, allowing Miami-Dade Transit to continue providing more than 320,000 daily trips without any major impact on its services," added Mayor Gimenez.