Mar 10 2009

Shelby Announces Transportation Funding for the Birmingham Area

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a senior member of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced funding for several projects in the Birmingham area included in the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009.  Following today’s action by the Senate, the legislation will now go to the President for his signature.

City of Tarrant Downtown Revitalization - $380,000
The City of Tarrant will use this funding to make improvements to its downtown in an effort to make it a more walkable and livable community.

“A thriving downtown is critical to a city’s overall economy,” said Shelby.  “It is my hope that the City of Tarrant will gain economic investment and new jobs from this investment in their infrastructure.”

City of Jasper Industrial Park Development Project - $760,000
The City of Jasper purchased 407 acres of land near Corridor X to build an industrial park in an area that will likely see a significant increase in development in the near future.

“It is critical that cities have the necessary infrastructure in place to attract businesses,” said Shelby.  “The City of Jasper is taking important steps to capitalize on the transportation improvements coming to its area.  This industrial park’s proximity to I-22 and Corridor X will likely go a long way in bringing new industry to the area.”

Alabama Senior Transportation Program - $950,000
Many seniors no longer drive and have little access to public transportation.  As the need for efficient and affordable transportation grows, Alabama’s elderly population increasingly needs assistance in going from one place to the next.

“Many of our state’s seniors are without the resources necessary to drive to their medical visits, the grocery store, or to see family and friends,” said Shelby.  “This program provides the essential service of helping Alabama’s elderly get where they need to go.”

In addition, the bill provides funding for the following projects included in Safe, Accountable, Flexible and Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), the Highway and Transit Reauthorization Bill.

University of Alabama at Birmingham Intermodal Facility - $1.919 Million
This project will enhance UAB’s infrastructure to make room for recent growth in the area.

“The UAB research district has grown significantly in recent years and space has become limited,” said Shelby.  “These funds will provide UAB with much needed space to accommodate a growing number of visitors and patients in this area of the University,” said Shelby.

Injury Control Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham - $550,000
The UAB Injury Control Research Center works to reduce the rate of injuries and resulting disabilities and deaths, especially in the southeastern United States, by researching prevention approaches and strategies.

“The Injury Control Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s work has provided much-needed data that allows us to better understand serious injuries resulting from vehicle crashes,” said Shelby.  “It is my hope that research conducted at the Center may someday allow doctors and surgeons to better treat catastrophic or severe injuries sustained during motor vehicle crashes.”

City of Birmingham Intermodal Facility (Phase II) - $1.372 Million
These funds will be used to expand the Morris Avenue bus transfer facility.

“With this funding, the City of Birmingham will transform the Morris Avenue bus transfer facility in downtown Birmingham into a full service multimodal center,” said Shelby.  “As the population of the Birmingham metropolitan area has expanded, inadequate public transportation options and lengthy commutes have had a negative impact on productivity.  The multimodal center will go a long way in improving the Birmingham public transportation systems.”

University of Alabama at Birmingham Trauma Care System Research and Development - $500,000
This funding provides infrastructure improvements to the Birmingham Regional Emergency Medical Services System.

“This project will enhance and expand the existing infrastructure of the Birmingham Regional Emergency Medical Services System,” said Shelby.  “The project will also facilitate the development of a comprehensive statewide trauma system.”

Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind Bus Project - $137,000
AIDB, founded in 1858, is the nation’s most comprehensive organization serving individuals who are deaf, blind and multi-disabled and their families.

“These funds will allow the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind (AIDB) to purchase a new bus,” said Shelby.  “This bus will assist AIDB in its efforts to more safely transport the individuals they serve.”

American Village - $90,288
The American Village in Montevallo provides experience based learning citizenship education.

“The American Village provides a wonderful opportunity for children in Alabama to learn about history in engaging and exciting ways,” said Shelby.  “This funding will allow the Village to construct a closed loop access road and bus lanes, and will improve and ease access to the Village.”