Jul 21 2005

SHELBY ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR MONTGOMERY AREA

Appropriations Committee Approves FY 06 Transportation, Treasury, Judiciary, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, D. C. -- U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), a senior member of the Transportation, Treasury, Judiciary, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced funding for several projects included in the Fiscal Year 2006 Transportation, Treasury, Judiciary, HUD Appropriations Bill. This bill was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee today and now heads to the Senate for consideration.

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased that the bill provides funding for important projects across the state. These funds reflect our commitment to safe and efficient transportation, infrastructure development, and economic growth activities.”

Montgomery Bus Stop, Shelters and Bus GPS tracking - $500,000

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased this bill includes funds for construction of bus stops and shelters, system-wide for the City of Montgomery Transit System. These funds will also be used for installation of a real-time Global Positioning System (GPS) for the City’s fleet. These improvements will provide travelers with a safer transportation system.”

Cabin Air Quality at Auburn University - $2 million

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased that funds are included for the “Center of Excellence” at Auburn University to examine cabin air quality and study chemical and biological threats in airliners. Auburn University has some of the finest scientists in the country, and their participation will be an important asset to this program. I am hopeful that Auburn will utilize many resources available to them in Alabama to best determine ways to detect and defeat chemical and biological threats. In our post September 11th world, must continue to study and protect against the many unknown threats that we may face.”

Greenville YMCA - $250,000

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will be used by the Greenville YMCA for construction of a child care facility.

The Greenville YMCA continues to serve its community in a number of ways and a new child care facility will compliment their services.”

Hayneville/Lowndes County Public Library - $200,000

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will be used for preliminary construction of a new Hayneville/Lowndes County Library. The current facility is in disrepair, and a new facility would provide the community with much-needed educational and multi-media tools.”

City of Tuskegee Economic Development- $300,000

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased this bill includes $300,000 for the City of Tuskegee for important economic development activities.”

Montgomery Riverwalk - $250,000

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will be used to develop a pedestrian riverwalk to compliment Montgomery’s downtown development project. I am pleased the bill included these funds to further revitalize Montgomery’s downtown area.”

Cleveland Avenue YMCA Expansion Project - $250,000

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased these funds have been included in this bill to expand the Cleveland Avenue YMCA’s services for area youth so they may have an access to a variety of cultural and educational programs.”

Southern Fuel Cell Coalition - $1.5 million

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will be used for 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.”

Alabama Area Agencies on Aging - $500,000

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased this bill includes $500,000 for van replacement for the Alabama Area Agencies on Aging. These critical resources allow this agency to continue providing much needed transportation options for Alabama’s senior citizens.”

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