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SENATE APPROVES TRANSPORTATION PACKAGE THAT INCLUDES $190 MILLION FOR METRO RED LINE FUNDING

 LOS ANGELES, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Senate today passed legislation that would provide Los Angeles County funding for a variety of transportation programs including $190 million in federal support to continue construction of Segments 2 and 3 of the Metro Red Line.
 "Today's action by the Senate is welcome news for Los Angeles," said MTA Chairman and Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre. "The funding the Senate has approved includes monies that will enable the MTA to purchase much needed buses, provide bus operating assistance and continue construction of transit infrastructure such as Metro Rail and the Gateway Intermodal Transit Center."
 The Senate's action approves:
 -- $69.27 million to complete the federal funding share for Segment 2 from Wilshire/Alvarado to Wilshire/Western and Hollywood/Vine;
 -- $120.73 million to continue construction of Segment 3 to North Hollywood, Pico/San Vicente, and East Los Angeles;
 -- $9 million for the Advanced Technology Transit Bus (ATTB), commonly referred to as the "Stealth Bus";
 -- More than $140 million in formula funds to be used for mass transportation capital and operating expenses as administered by the Federal Transit Administration; and
 -- More than $50 million in Section 3 bus and bus facility funding.
 "The increase in funding from the House bill is welcome news and a strong indication the Senate understands the importance of public transit in the Southern California area," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who supports the legislation along with her colleague, Sen. Barbara Boxer.
 Boxer pointed out that, in funding the Stealth Bus program, "we are virtually turning bombers into buses and layoffs into jobs for Californians" with the approval of the legislation. "The project envisions eventually a production assembly plant in California employing hundreds of workers with total employment, including subcontractors, amounting to about 1,000 workers," Boxer said.
 "We're pleased with the Senate's action today," said MTA Chief Executive Officer Franklin White. "California's senators, Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, have ensured that transportation projects will continue to be a priority in this state, creating much-needed jobs. The $190 million recommended for the Metro Red Line, for example, will create about 100,000 jobs."
 The House and Senate versions of the bill will be forwarded to a House-Senate Conference Committee early next week, with a vote expected shortly after Columbus Day recess. Pending the Conference Committee's approval, the Committee's version of H.R. 2750 will return to the respective bodies for final passage before reaching the President's desk.
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 /CONTACT: Greg Davy or Jim Smart, MTA News Bureau, 213-972-4674 or 213-244-7443/


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