Posted on November 22, 2004
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today announced that the Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 Omnibus Conference Report, which the Senate passed late Saturday, includes more than $43 million for specific Tennessee transportation projects. The conference report will now go to the President for his signature. "A strong transportation system goes hand-in-hand with a strong economy," said Frist. "This bill tackles critical transportation challenges, and takes strides to improve Tennessee's highways and airports, while addressing the transit needs of communities throughout Tennessee. I'm pleased that these projects were included in the conference report." "This bill funds crucial infrastructure projects across Tennessee," said Alexander. "It aims to improve public transportation, air travel and our roads. Senator Frist and I will continue working to bring Tennessee's share of transportation funding home." The FY2005 Transportation Appropriations Bill was passed as part of the FY2005 Omnibus Conference Report. The Tennessee funding in the bill includes: WEST TENNESSEE $5.5 million for Interstate 69 to fund planning and begin construction. $3 million to improve access along North Second Street in Memphis. $1.85 million for the Beale Street Landing to provide safe docking for vessels and passengers coming in and out of the City of Memphis from the Mississippi River. $1 million to support a Cobblestone Landing Restoration project along the Memphis riverfront. $3 million for the Memphis International Airport Intermodal Facility to improve parking and transportation near the airport. $1.38 million for the City of Jackson to deploy Intelligent Transportation Systems. $500,000 to improve access at the Plough Boulevard Interchange in Memphis. $500,000 for the Children's Health Fund to conduct a multi-state pilot transportation coordination initiative to improve children's access to primary care physicians and medical facilities. MIDDLE TENNESSEE $2.5 million for the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport in Cookeville to extend runways. $750,000 for the Nashville International Airport to expand facilities and improve runways. $2 million for the Nashville East Corridor Commuter Rail to continue construction. $1 million to support construction of a new Downtown Transit Center in Nashville. $1.5 million to support the Rolling Mill Hill Greenway Extension project along the Cumberland River in Nashville. EAST TENNESSEE $500,000 for Blount County to develop a long term transportation growth and planning study. $2 million to continue construction on the Knoxville Electric Intermodal Center. $500,000 to support a Low Cost Carbon Fiber research project at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. $475,000 for Pellissippi State Technical Community College to develop an environmental training programs for federal and state agencies. STATEWIDE $9.5 million for statewide bus replacement and facilities. $6 million for statewide Job Access and Reverse Commute grants, which help to meet public transportation needs for low income urban and rural commuters.