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U.S. Department of Transportation Celebrates Grand Opening of Tucson Streetcar, Further Expanding Regional Transit Choices

Tucson, Ariz. – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today celebrated the grand opening of the Sun Link Streetcar line. The new line will significantly improve transit options for thousands of area residents and connect major activity centers in downtown Tucson with health care facilities, the University of Arizona and other regional attractions. FTA Chief Counsel Dorval Carter joined Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and other local officials at a ribbon-cutting event.

U.S. Department of Transportation Celebrates Opening of New SunRail Commuter Rail Line, Expanding Transit Service in Central Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today celebrated the opening of the first phase of the SunRail commuter rail line, which will significantly expand transit options and connect thousands of residents to jobs and other economic opportunities throughout Central Florida.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Calls for Transportation Investment During Visit to Birmingham Intermodal Facility

Highlights Project’s Economic Impact as part of Invest in America Bus Tour

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.  —U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today visited construction of the future site of the Birmingham Intermodal Facility, as part his Invest in America, Commit to the Future bus tour, calling it an investment in Alabama’s economic future that could be replicated across the country if Congress would support a long-term transportation bill.  The intermodal facility will significantly improve transit options and connect thousands of local residents to jobs and other opportunities in Birmingham and throughout Jefferson County. The Secretary’s visit is part of a multi-state tour highlighting the urgent need to continue to invest in America’s transportation infrastructure at a time when the nation’s surface transportation programs are set to expire and the Highway Trust Fund is running out of money.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Calls for Transportation Investment During Atlanta BeltLine Visit

Highlights Project’s Economic Impact as part of Invest in America Bus Tour

ATLANTA – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today joined Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to tour the east side of the Atlanta BeltLine, calling it an example of the sort of large-scale job creation and transportation investment that Congress can make possible nationwide by reauthorizing a long-term transportation bill this year.  The Secretary’s visit is part of his Invest in America, Commit to the Future bus tour, a multi-state tour highlighting the urgent need to invest in America’s transportation infrastructure at a time when the nation’s surface transportation programs are set to expire and the Highway Trust Fund is running out of money.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Recommends $2.5 Billion to Expand Transit Options that Improve Access to Jobs and Opportunities

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today highlighted $2.5 billion recommended in President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget to advance the construction or completion of 26 rail, bus rapid transit (BRT), and streetcar projects in 16 states. These projects, competitively funded through the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Capital Investment Grant Program (CIG), will create or sustain thousands of good construction-related jobs and help communities expand transportation choices that offer new ladders of opportunity for hard-working families.

New Department of Transportation Report on Highway, Transit Conditions Points to Need for More Investment

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that a new report on the state of America's transportation infrastructure, 2013 Status of the Nation's Highways, Bridges and Transit: Conditions and Performance, confirms that more investment is needed to maintain and improve the nation's highway and transit systems.  Secretary Foxx has highlighted the need for transportation investment in a series of speeches that take aim at America’s infrastructure deficit and identify ways to use innovation and improved planning to stretch transportation dollars as effectively and efficiently as possible.

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Final Rule to Streamline Environmental Reviews for Transit, Highway Projects

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation announced a final rule this week that will significantly cut red tape, while achieving better environmental outcomes, for certain transit and highway projects under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and spur them towards completion more quickly than in years past.  The new rule responds to President Obama’s call for federal agencies to put people first by streamlining and improving government services wherever possible.

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