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SECRETARY CARD ANNOUNCES GRANTS OF $217 MILLION FOR NEW YORK MASS TRANSIT REHABILITATION

 SECRETARY CARD ANNOUNCES GRANTS OF $217 MILLION
 FOR NEW YORK MASS TRANSIT REHABILITATION
 WASHINGTON, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Secretary of Transportation Andrew H. Card Jr. today announced two Federal Transit Administration grants totaling $217.8 million to replace and rehabilitate metropolitan area rail transit facilities and construct a new operations and administration facility in College Point, Queens.
 "These grants will greatly enhance mass transit in New York, while supporting nearly 12,000 new and existing jobs," Card said. "Our accelerated approval of this grant reflects President Bush's commitment to help create jobs for our nation's cities," Card said.
 The larger of the two grants consists of $209.8 in rail modernization funding for 14 projects with a total cost of $262 million. The work is part of the capital rehabilitation programs of the New York City Transit Authority, the Long Island Railroad and the Metro-North Commuter Railroad.
 The largest projects include the rehabilitation of 17 stations, 13 by contractors and four by in-house teams; the upgrade of approximately 90 station power systems to provide additional alternating current power capacity; and tunnel lighting rehabilitation on the 4th Avenue Line from Pacific Street to the 95th Street terminal.
 The second award is a discretionary grant of $8 million to New York City Department of Transportation to replace an aging operations and maintenance facility built in 1946. The new College Point, Queens, structure will support a fleet of up to 275 buses, 100 more than the existing facility can accommodate. The eventual total cost of the project is $43.7 million, with a federal share of $35 million.
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 /CONTACT: Richard Centner of the Federal Transit Administration, 202-366-4043/ CO: Federal Transit Administration ST: New York IN: TRN SU:


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