December 13, 2010

Officials Gather at North Hanley to Discuss ARRA Projects and Job Creation

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Today Mokhtee Ahmad, Regional Administrator for Region 7, Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Steven Engelhardt, Office of Congressman Lacy Clay, Brian Goggins, President of Byrne & Jones Construction, John Nations, CEO of Metro, and other Metro representatives gathered to talk about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) projects, public transit, and job creation in St. Louis.  The first of several Metro ARRA projects are now complete!

The press conference was held at the North Hanley Metro Transit Center, the site of the second project Metro has completed using funds from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA). While at the site, Metro representatives and officials from the FTA and Congressman Lacy Clay’s office discussed the impact of the projects completed to date and the $35 million in additional ARRA transit investments coming to the region in 2011.

In recent months, with $5.1 million in funding from the American Reinvestment and  Recovery Act, Metro has successfully completed two separate projects: the North Hanley repavement and the intersloping projects in Illinois.  This year, Metro is set to begin the Eads Bridge Rehabilitation Project, East Riverfront interlocking, and the Scott Transit Plaza project at Grand MetroLink Station.

According to Steven Engelhardt from the Office of Congressman Lacy Clay, 2,093 jobs have been created in his district, and $766 million allocated in federal investment as a result of ARRA funds.  Brian Goggins spoke about local job creation.

Watch video below to see Steven Engelhardt and Brian Goggins speak on Metro ARRA projects:

Click here if you cannot see the video.

It will be an exciting year for Metro projects.  Stay tuned for more updates on projects’ progress and information about potential service disruptions.

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