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Perdue announces $103M in federal stimulus transit projects

Posted June 10, 2009 12:34 p.m. EDT
Updated June 10, 2009 3:17 p.m. EDT

— About 140 transit projects across the state, including several in the Triangle, will receive more than $103 million in federal stimulus money, Gov. Bev Perdue announced Wednesday.

Twenty-one urban transit systems will receive more than $70 million for 77 projects. The largest allocation – at $20.8 million – goes to the Charlotte Area Transit System’s North Davidson Street bus facility.

Two metropolitan planning organizations (Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Capital Area) elected to designate $5.1 million for transit projects instead of highway and bridge projects.

Projects in rural areas across the state totaled more than $33 million. Three projects benefit transit efforts statewide, and 63 are designated for rural transit systems throughout the state.

Perdue said the projects will create or retain more than 3,200 jobs and provide needed economic development and mobility in the state.

“Not only will they put people to work, they will take people to work," Perdue said.

The state Department of Transportation received $838 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, including $735 million for highway and bridge projects.

So far, the DOT has allocated more than 90 percent of the highway and bridge money received to projects across the state.