9 Mar 2009

US Pacific territories given transportation funding

8:33 pm on 9 March 2009

The United States Pacific territories have been allocated $2.3 million US dollars to improve public transport under a provision of the federal stimulus economic recovery package.

The funding is provided by the Federal Transit Administration, a bureau of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

According to the allocation, American Samoa gets close to 350-thousand dollars, Guam more 900-thousand and CNMI 1.1 million.

The territories will have to come up with the road improvement projects to be funded with this money, which will be closely monitored by the federal government.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood says investments in public transportation put people to work, but also helps the long term golas of energy security and a better quality of life.