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March 02, 2011

DOT Seeks $3.2 Billion in Transit Infrastructure for FY 2012

Picture of a six-wheeled hybrid bus on a city street.

DOT's transit plans call for increased rail and bus options, like this public hybrid bus.
Credit: Ned Ahrens, King County

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced funding recommendations on February 15 for 10 new capital transit construction projects under President Obama's fiscal year (FY) 2012 budget request. The budget proposal included a record $3.2 billion in funding for 28 transit construction projects across the United States designed to reduce energy consumption and curb air pollution.

The spending plan recommends investing $569.3 million in 10 new transit construction projects, including rail and bus rapid transit projects in Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington. An additional 11 projects that were recommended for funding in previous years but have not yet received federal commitments are being recommended for $1.4 billion in the FY 2012 budget. In addition to the transit construction projects that have not yet been funded, the budget provides $835.4 million for the continued funding of seven additional rail transit projects already operational or under construction in Dallas, New York, Salt Lake City, Seattle, and Northern Virginia. See the DOT press release, a list of recommended projects, and the Federal Transit Administration's annual reportPDF.