Merkley, Wyden Announce $81 Million in Recovery Act Funding for Oregon Transportation

Washington D.C. – U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.)
and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) announced today that the Department of Transportation
has awarded over $81 million for public transit repair, maintenance, and
equipment in Lane, Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Polk, Marion, and
Deschutes counties as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“The Recovery Act is still at work in Oregon, creating jobs
and bolstering public transit in our cities,” Merkley said.  “With the
Recovery Act, we are making smart investments in our transportation
infrastructure and supporting jobs that will be the foundation of our
transition to a clean energy economy.”

“With these Recovery Act funds,
Oregonians will get both the jobs and big-league transportation they deserve,”
Wyden said.  “Good transportation leads to good jobs and good jobs help
build a better economy and stronger communities.  That’s what the Recovery
Act was designed to do, and it’s great to see it working in Oregon.”






Lane Transit District


Construction of maintenance
facility and preventive maintenance

Multnomah and Clackamas

Tri-county Metro


Eight rail cars for South
Corridor I-205 / Portland Mall LRT Project

Multnomah, Washington, and

Tri-county Metro


Safety enhancements, rail line
and rail station repairs and preventive maintenance for TriMet bus and light
rail systems

Marion and Polk

Salem Area Mass Transit


Purchase several buses,
replace transit mall pavers, fareboxes, and software


Bend Area Transit


Purchase 6 lift-equipped
vans, bus stop improvements, security cameras, preventive maintenance