Jul 12 2001


Subcommittee Passes Transportation Appropriations Bill

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, announced the Subcommittee's approval of funding for several Mobile-area projects. Sen. Shelby said, "I am pleased that the bill provides significant funding for several projects for Mobile and the surrounding area. These funds reflect commitment to safe and efficient transportation and infrastructure."

Mobile Waterfront Terminal
Sen. Shelby said, "Our legislation provides $5 million for the Mobile Waterfront Terminal. The project will provide an arrival location for a new high-speed ferry terminal and Maritime Center educational complex, as well as additional space for future commercial development."

Railroad Bridge Reconstruction
The bill includes $5.766 million to continue the funding necessary to replace the 14 Mile CSX Railroad Bridge on the Mobile River. Sen. Shelby said, "Replacement of the bridge will ensure the unhindered and safe marine navigation on the Mobile River underneath the bridge which is critical to maintaining the efficiency and reliability of waterways commerce through the Port of Mobile and along the Black Warrior-Tombigbee waterway system."

State Docks
Sen. Shelby said, "Alabama State Docks may have the potential to become among America's most economically important ports in this new century because of the proximity to emerging trade routes on the Gulf of Mexico. I am pleased that the bill provides $5 million in funding to modernize this important asset to our state by constructing an intermodal containerized freight terminal." Preliminary data indicates that Alabama needs to expand its current dockside facilities that handle and store containerized cargo.

University of South Alabama-Center for Coastal Transportation Engineering Research
The bill includes $750,000 to develop civil engineering design of transportation facilities in environmentally-sensitive coastal areas. Sen. Shelby said, "This center will study challenges faced by coastal areas and issues important to Mobile-area residents. Research will focus specifically on topics such as coastal transportation systems, the development and durability of coastal infrastructure, and coastal water systems."

Gulf Coast High Speed Rail Corridor - Crossing Improvements
Sen. Shelby said, "Our legislation provides $2 million to accommodate the emerging national high-speed rail network and to reduce hazards at railroad and highway crossings along the Gulf Coast rail corridor between Mobile and New Orleans."

Gulf Coast High Speed Rail Corridor - Corridor Planning
Sen. Shelby said, "The arrival of high speed rail throughout this area would provide unprecedented economic growth and opportunity. This bill provides $600,000 to begin planning for high speed rail service throughout the Gulf South area."

Monroe County Airport
Sen. Shelby said, "Our bill ensures that funding will be provided for improvements to Monroe County Airport."