BigNews.Biz - Jul 04,2010 - (From PoliticalNews.me)
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Gene Green (TX-29) announced preliminary approval for federal funding totaling $152.95 million for 6 projects in the Houston-area. The money was requested as part of the federal appropriations process earlier this year and the House Appropriations Committee Subcommittees on Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) released their recommendations earlier today.
“These projects are important to the Houston-area as we continue our economic recovery and develop our community and infrastructure,” said Rep. Green.
Included in the CJS Subcommittee recommendations is $250,000 for the Juvenile Justice Initiative of HoustonWorks USA. This program supports a national agenda to build a strong workforce by providing educational and rehabilitative services and support that stabilized at-risk youth.
Included in the THUD Subcommittee recommendations are 4 projects for the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Metro). To develop the area’s Advanced Transit Program, $75 million for Metro North Corridor and $75 million for Metro Southeast Corridor were recommended. The North and Southeast Corridor projects are a combined 11.8 miles of Light Rail Transit that will increase mobility, improve the city’s air quality, and promote economic development and create jobs as the projects are completed. For the US 90A Rail Corridor, $1 million has been included for a light rail line extension from the Texas Medical Center to Missouri City. The Metro Solutions Bus program has been recommended for $1 million which will replace buses that are no longer effective, expand Metro’s fleet, and expand bus service.
THUD has also recommended $700,000 for the North and South Lynchburg Ferry Landings in Harris County, Precinct Two. The landings haven’t been refurbished or updated in years and these funds will provide better connectivity between the historical and recreational sites to in increase the number of visitors and provide an economic stimulus for Ship Channel communities.
“While there are more steps that need to occur before final approval of this funding is given, I am very glad there were included and thank the Appropriations subcommittees for recognizing their importance to our area and placing them in their recommendations,” Rep. Green added.