I went to Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday to let folks know that--through the Recovery Act--the Obama Administration was helping the people of central Ohio upgrade their bus and paratransit services. I also had the opportunity to talk about one or two other items, which I encourage you to read about at the Columbus Dispatch.
With Governor Ted Strickland, Mayor Michael Coleman, US Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy, and COTA DIrector and CEO Bill Lohta, I toured the Central Ohio Transit Authority's Fields Avenue fixed route bus facility.
Even better, the completed project is expected to bring LEED certification to the Fields Avenue facility. COTA is also building a new separate paratransit facility with $4.2 million in Recovery Act funding, and that project is expected to be LEED certified as well.
Combined with the wellness center, I think this really shows how transit is leading America's progress toward a true 21st century economy.
Thanks to the Recovery Act, bus service in Columbus is going to be greener, more efficient, and safer than ever. A fully modernized, state-of-the-art maintenance facility and brand new paratransit center will ensure that commuters, elderly residents, and people with disabilities who depend on the bus can expect more reliable service than ever.
I've said it before, and I'll gladly say it again: the Recovery Act is making a real difference in cities like Columbus--putting people to work during these tough economic times while making long-term investments in local transportation infrastructure is a win-win.