Jan 22 2004

SEN. SHELBY ANNOUNCES TRANSPORTATION FUNDING FOR TUSCALOOSA AND SURROUNDING AREAS

Senate Passes Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2004

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury and General Government announced approval of important transportation funding for Tuscaloosa in the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2004.

Sen. Shelby said, "I am pleased that the bill provides significant funding for several Tuscaloosa area projects. These funds reflect our commitment to safe and efficient transportation and infrastructure."

Sen. Shelby said, "I am pleased that we were able to include a significant increase in highway funding for the State of Alabama. Alabama will receive an estimated $600 million in highway funds for Fiscal Year 2004, which represents an increase of $44 million from last year’s funding level."

Federal Building
Sen. Shelby said, “Our bill provides $7.5 million for construction of a new federal building in Tuscaloosa. It is my hope that this building will anchor the city’s downtown revitalization efforts.”

Industrial Project for the City of Winfield
Sen. Shelby said, “I’m pleased to announce $500,000 for the City of Winfield so they may develop 240 acres of industrial property near Corridor X and make it accessible by road. This will spur economic development in the area, bringing new jobs to the community.”
City of Tuscaloosa - Downtown Revitalization
The City of Tuscaloosa will receive $5 million for their 21st Avenue Urban Renewal Project, including design, planning, and land acquisition.

Sen. Shelby said, “This funding will assist Tuscaloosa in revitalizing this important area.”

University of Alabama Fuel Cell/Electric Hybrid Research
Sen. Shelby said, "Our bill includes $1.25 million for the University of Alabama's research of fuel cell and electric hybrid automobiles. This funding will allow the University to establish a comprehensive research program to conduct cutting-edge research and to educate scientists and engineers in this growing industry."

Job Access and Reverse Commute
Sen. Shelby said, "Our bill provides $1 million for Easter Seals of West Alabama’s Job Access and Reverse Commute program. Easter Seals of West Alabama works with children and adults with disabilities and helps them to live with equality, dignity, and independence."

Alabama Area Agencies on Aging
The bill includes $1 million for van replacement for the Alabama Area Agencies on Aging.

These funds are subject to a .59% across-the-board recision as stated in the FY 2004 Consolidated Appropriations Act.