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Macomb Transit Facility

Secretary Ray LaHood

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Macomb Transit Facility
Macomb, IL
April 1, 2013

  • Thank you, Mayor Inman. Hello everyone. It’s great to be here for the dedication ceremony of the new Macomb Transit Facility.
  • Congratulations! This facility is a great example of how we can use big and bold ideas to build something better for the future.
  • And it’s a great example of how we can put people to work updating our infrastructure.
  • DOT was proud to provide $12.8 million to make this project a reality.
  • As result of our investment, this 70,000 square foot facility will be a hub of activity for area transit--a place where vehicles will be maintained and drivers will be trained.
  • It will ensure that you can continue to serve the hardworking families, seniors and students who depend on your buses and vans to get them where they need to go.
  • And it will help us save energy and reduce our impact on the environment with improvements like the large solar tracking skylights above us.
  • The best part of all—you finished the job under budget.
  • This project reminds us that we have a choice to make right now.
  • We can watch the rest of the world get ahead by investing in their infrastructure.
  • Or we can think big and be bold. We can build the kind of transportation network that encourages CEOs to hire right here in the heartland.
  • From day one, President Obama and the Department of Transportation have delivered on a big and bold promise to build a 21st century transportation network that is reliable, efficient, and above all safe.
  • Across the country, we’ve invested in more than 350 miles of new rail and bus rapid transit, over 45,000 buses and over 5,500 transit rail cars.
  • Time and time again, we’ve seen how federal transportation investments created jobs, promoted economic development, and helped us to compete in a global economy.
  • In Normal, Illinois, we provided a $20 million TIGER grant for a new multimodal facility that enables passengers to transfer from train to bus, car or bike quickly and easily. As a result of the new Uptown Station, more than $200 million in private investments have flowed into the area.
  • Projects like these are good for our communities today—and they’re good for the next generation. But the truth is—we’re not done.
  • If we want America to continue to lead—to be a magnet for jobs and manufacturing—we must work together to invest in our infrastructure.
  • In his State of the Union address, President Obama put forth a plan to rebuild and upgrade our infrastructure so our businesses have the tools they need to compete.
  • President Obama’s plan includes a “fix-it-first” policy to ensure that repair and maintenance of our existing roads, bridges and public transportation systems take priority.
  • And it includes a “Rebuild America” Partnership that will attract private capital to build the infrastructure businesses need most.
  • President Obama’s plan is exactly the kind of vision we need for a 21st century America.
  • But we can’t do it alone. We need people like you to continue to think big and bold.
  • With today’s dedication, you are doing exactly that.
  • And now, I’d like to hand if off to Secretary Schneider.
Updated: Tuesday, April 16, 2013