Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Metro Announces Plans to Use Stimulus Funds for 'Shovel Ready' Projects

This just in from Metro. We only hope that this includes replacing more of the old bus shelters with the new, modern design!


Metro prepared to begin host of projects using economic stimulus funds

For immediate release: February 18, 2009

Projects will create jobs, build infrastructure for an improved Metro

Fixing crumbling platforms and the oldest section of track in the Metro system, installing emergency tunnel evacuation carts, securing a bus garage and replacing old buses, are just a handful of projects that Metro officials have deemed “shovel-ready” to help jumpstart the economy using Congressional economic stimulus funds.

Metro officials today unveiled a list of projects before The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board for inclusion in the region’s six-year transportation improvement program.

“We are proud to be the first in the region to have a detailed list of ‘shovel ready’ projects,” Metro Chief Administrative Officer Emeka Moneme says. “We’re ready to do our part to boost the economy starting now.”

The Metro projects are focused on stimulating the local and national economy by creating jobs and building a stronger regional transit system. All of the projects are linked to Metro’s strategic goals of delivering quality service, improving reliability, using resources wisely and ensuring safety. The projects total $230 million.

“Our projects target improved passenger and maintenance facilities, safety and security, information technology, operations and equipment and will make a vast improvement in our infrastructure to enable us to provide better service,” says Metro General Manager John Catoe.

Some examples of Metro’s stimulus projects include:

• Replacing Metro’s oldest buses

• Replacing crumbling platforms

• Installing SmarTrip purchase capabilities at more Metro fare vending machines

• Enhancing bus garage security

• Installing technologies to improve bus route and schedule information

• Rehabilitating the oldest stretch of track in the rail system

• Building a railcar inspection and test facility to speed up the process of putting railcars into service

• Updating the train arrival signs on platforms and mezzanines

• Replacing the Metro Center Customer Sales Facility

• Expanding and replacing vehicles for paratransit service

1 comment:

  1. I think it’s great that the stimulus funds are being used for projects as necessary and transparent as enhancement of the metro system. This should also be a fairly transparent initiative because the results can be measured by asking 1) how many metro buses were refurbished 2) how many new buses were purchased 3) how many new mechanics were hired to refurbish old buses 4) how many purchasing agents were hired to oversee these tasks.

    DC currently has an unemployment rate of 8%. I’m not sure why 8% of the population in the nation’s capital is unemployed, but I hope that traditionally disadvantaged people are also given opportunities to help rebuild America and maintain a decent livelihood for themselves and their families. Hopefully, some of these opportunities will be found in Metro.