Jul 25 2002


Committee Passes Transportation Appropriations Bill

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, announced approval of important transportation funding for Birmingham.

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

Sen. Shelby said, "The Transportation Bill takes a number of steps to improve mass transit in Birmingham and Jefferson County."

Automated Crash Notification System
The bill provides a second installment of $2 million to integrate wireless communications and information technologies into the Birmingham regional emergency medical services (EMS) and hospital trauma systems. The fully integrated system will identify the precise location of a crash event, give emergency room doctors accurate information about the probability and severity of injuries, and expeditiously dispatch fire and rescue personnel to save the lives of motorists. This pilot project is being designed and implemented by the Center for Injury Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and state and local authorities with the support of private industry.

University of Alabama-Birmingham - Injury Control Research Center
Sen. Shelby said, "I am pleased the legislation provided UAB's Injury Center with $2 million. The research at the center will allow us to improve and expand the Alabama Trauma Care System and reduce mortality due to trauma-related injury."

Jefferson County JARC (Job Access and Reverse Commute)
Sen. Shelby said, "Our bill provides $5 million for the Jefferson County Job Access and Reverse Commute program. The program is designed to fund projects that increase access to employment."

Diesel Hybrid Electric Bus for Birmingham, Hoover and Vestavia Hills
Sen. Shelby said, "Our bill provides $1 million for the purchase of diesel hybrid electric buses to provide transportation between downtown Birmingham, Hoover and Vestavia Hills."

Center for Composites Manufacturing
Sen. Shelby said, "Our bill includes $1 million for the Center for Composites Manufacturing. The Center is a joint venture between private sector research institutions and the universities in Alabama. The Center will accelerate the development of high quality, low cost composite materials formed from recycled materials for a wide range of transportation and vehicle applications. Establishing this center will facilitate the development and application of this technology and will foster high-tech manufacturing in the area."

Talladega Municipal Airport
Sen. Shelby said, "I am pleased our bill includes $1.5 million for an instrument landing system (ILS) at Talladega Municipal Airport. This system will greatly enhance safety at the airport."