Tuesday August 25, 2009
Ceremony recognizes early success of ARRA funds
TARC was joined by local, state and federal dignitaries on Tuesday, Aug. 25, as it celebrates the start of construction on its maintenance annex, a $4.6 project funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.
The annex is the largest and first major construction project in the region funded through ARRA and one of the largest in the state. It is projected to create 80 jobs, many of them “green” jobs since the building will be certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
The federal ARRA legislation is designed to stimulate the economy by creating new jobs, sustaining existing jobs and investing in the country’s infrastructure. Joining the celebration will be the Therese McMillan, Deputy Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and Yvette Taylor, FTA Administrator for Region IV in Atlanta.
“This project is a clear example of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act providing immediate and long-term benefits in Louisville,” said Congressman John Yarmuth. “Thanks to this federal funding, TARC will be able to create jobs now, and make long-term investments in renewable energy technology that is cleaner and more cost-effective.”
Rep. Yarmuth and Mayor Jerry Abramson were in attendance on Tuesday, along with Kentucky Transportation Secretary Joe Prather and the FTA representatives.
“This is an exciting project that will not only put people to work, but will contribute to making our city’s environment greener,” Mayor Jerry Abramson said. “This, along with the city’s other ARRA projects, will create a lasting legacy.”
The TARC maintenance annex, to be constructed south of Union Station off 10th street, is a 14,000-square foot building that will be used for training operators and mechanics and will include bus cleaning bays. TARC is seeking LEED Silver certification for the building, which will feature a green roof, a bio-swale, solar panels and a “grey water” system. The building was slated for construction in 2008 but was deferred because the funds were needed to buy additional buses.
“This is a project that TARC had to defer year after year to maintain service on the street and keep our fares affordable,” said TARC Executive Director J. Barry Barker. “We are now able to upgrade our facilities and buses and continue to provide the top-notch service our customers desire.”
The construction on the building began in July after the contract was awarded to Brasch- Barry General Contractors. Construction would not be possible without the collaboration of the Commonwealth’s Finance and Administration Cabinet and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS). The Finance Cabinet and its Division of Real Properties provided TARC with a 99-year lease for the land on which the annex will be built. CHFS staff and clients, who park in the lot adjacent to the new building, are cooperating with TARC to find alternate parking.