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

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

Portland, Eugene, Salem, and Bend Metro Areas to Receive Funds for Public Transportation Systems

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.”

County

Recipient

Amount

Project

Lane

Lane Transit District

$6,403,139

Construction of maintenance facility and preventive maintenance

Multnomah and Clackamas

Tri-county Metro

$32,000,000

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

Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas

Tri-county Metro

$37,977,896

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 District

$3,850,000

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

Deschutes

Bend Area Transit

$937,612

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