Below are four projects that are benefitting from partial Recovery funding.
New York-New Jersey Transit Tunnel
The Federal Transit Administration awarded the Mass Transit Tunnel project between New Jersey and Manhattan $130 million in Recovery funds, which accelerated the design process and allowed work to begin sooner than anticipated on two 9-mile commuter train tunnels. In addition to the Recovery award, the project is being funded by $2.9 billion from the U.S. Department of Transportation, $3 billion from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and $2.7 billion from the New Jersey Transportation Fund. When completed in 2017, commuter rail capacity will increase from 23 trains to 48, doubling the number of passengers from 46,000 per morning peak period to over 90,000. Commuters will travel directly from the New Jersey suburbs to a new two-level terminus that will be connected to New York Penn Station. Photograph: NJDOT
Renowned throughout the world, the Brooklyn Bridge across the East River was once the longest suspension bridge on the planet when it opened in 1883. After more than 100 years of heavy traffic, it is now undergoing a $508 million rehabilitation – $30 million of which is Recovery funded. While repairs to the main structure are the focus of the rehab, the Recovery funds are specifically designated for resurfacing and widening ramps and approaches to the bridge as well as repainting it. New York Department of Transportation officials said that originally state and other federal funding was to cover the full cost of the long-planned work, but the Recovery funds allowed NYDOT to put $30 million back into its budget for future transportation infrastructure projects. Photograph: NYDOT
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is using $77.3 million of Recovery Act funds from the Department of Transportation toward constructing a 23-mile extension of the existing Metrorail system to reach Dulles International Airport. The funds will enable the project to save $15 million it would otherwise owe in interest. The Dulles Corridor Rail Project, budgeted at $2.6 billion total, will build the extension from an existing Metrorail stop at East Falls Church, Virginia to the airport, located in Ashburn. The extension will also include stops along the way at Tysons Corner and Reston/Herndon, the state’s largest and second largest areas of employment, respectively. Photograph: Recovery Board staff
The Department of Energy has put $55 million in Recovery Act funds toward the building of the $278 million NOvA project, the world’s most advanced neutrino experiment. The funds helped jumpstart the project, which had not yet been scheduled to begin. They will underwrite construction of a research building in Ash River, Minnesota, and also purchase needed high-tech components. Physicists study neutrinos, particles a billion times more abundant than those that make up stars, planets and people, hoping to find clues to the relationship between matter and antimatter in addition to possibly developing technological breakthroughs that could affect fields as diverse as medicine and national security. Japan has been a leader in neutrino research, but the NOvA experiment, which will have greater capabilities than any previous neutrino experiment, will put the United States at the forefront. Construction began in May 2009 and will be completed by 2014. Photograph: Fermilab
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