Sep 04 2003


Appropriations Committee Passes Transportation Appropriations Bill

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.

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 $610 million in highway funds for Fiscal Year 2004, which represents an increase of $54.4 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.”

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
Sen. Shelby said, "This legislation provides $5 million for the development and revitalization of this underutilized area along the river. These funds will allow the City to begin the process of designing and planning a public park for the area, as well as acquiring land for the planned development."

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 Eastern Seals West Alabama’s Job Access and Reverse Commute program. Easter Seals West Alabama works with children and adults with disabilities to live with equality, dignity, and independence."

Statewide Bus Funding
The bill allocates $3.3 million to the Alabama Department of Transportation to distribute to local transit systems in cities and counties throughout the state to replace, upgrade, or expand transit vehicle fleets. Sen. Shelby said, “I am pleased we are able to include funding to assist the State Department of Transportation in meeting public transportation needs, replacing vehicles, and expanding service in our urban and rural communities.”