Sep 14 2004


FY 2005 Transportation Appropriations Bill Passes Full Committee

WASHINGTON, D. C. --- U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury and General Government, announced funding for several projects included in the Transportation, Treasury and General Government Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2005. The bill passed out of full committee today and is now headed to the Senate floor for consideration.

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased to announce funding for many important transportation projects in Alabama. Our bill takes a number of steps to improve transportation and mass transit projects throughout the Birmingham area.”

$2 Million - South Consortium for Injury Biomechanics
Senator Shelby said, “Our bill provides $2 million to continue the important highway safety research conducted by the Southern Consortium for Injury Biomechanics (SCIB). SCIB is a consortium involving physicians, biomedical engineers and allied scientists who work cooperatively and collaboratively toward the goal of reducing vehicle crash related injuries and deaths. This research is being conducted at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.”

$500,000 - Ruffner Mountain
Sen. Shelby said, "Our bill includes $500,000 for Ruffner Mountain. This funding will allow the Ruffner Mountain nature preserve to establish a nature center facility and will expand the educational opportunities available at Ruffner Mountain."

$1 Million - Composites for Mass Transit
Senator Shelby said, “These funds will be used to develop composite materials for use in mass transit systems. By reducing the weight in vehicles, fuel efficiency will dramatically increase and facilitate the adaptation of alternative power systems to mass transit vehicles.”

$3 Million - Easter Seals Project ACTION
Senator Shelby said, “Easter Seals Project ACTION promotes cooperation between the transportation industry and the disability community to increase mobility for people with disabilities. These funds will assist them in their efforts to further this program.”

$500,000 - Southern Fuel Cell Coalition
These funds will be used to establish the Southern Fuel Cell Coalition which will serve the Southeastern United States. The coalition will work to tackle the challenges and opportunities that face fuel cell development and hydrogen infrastructure in the South.

The bill directs the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator to give priority consideration to the following airports:

  • Bessemer Regional Airport for land acquisition, runway extension, security enhancements and drainage improvements.

  • Gragg-Wade Field in Clanton for land acquisition and obstruction removal.

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