Jul 24 2002


Subcommittee 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."