Friday, September 03, 2010

Battle Creek, Mich. station gets DOT funds

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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Thursday announced $3.6 million for the State of Michigan to begin work on the rehabilitation of the Battle Creek Station. The funding is part of the $40 million allotted to Michigan under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for its high speed rail program.

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The $3.6 million in Recovery Act funds will be used to renovate the station’s interior lobby, bathrooms, ticketing areas and offices, lighting, signage, and to make the station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The exterior of the station will also see significant upgrades. The building will be refaced with new and restored masonry and new exterior lighting will be installed.

“President Obama’s bold vision for high-speed rail is a game-changer for transportation in Michigan and the United States,” said Secretary LaHood (pictured at left). “This undertaking will not only create good jobs and reinvigorate our manufacturing base, it’s also going to relieve congestion on our roadways and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.”