U.S. House Votes $1.25 Million for Tulsa

Tulsa has been approved for $1.25 million in funding through the Fiscal Year 2010 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.
The legislation could provide $750,000 for the Metropolitan Tulsa Transit Authority to purchase compressed natural gas buses, said Stuart McCalman, Mayor’s Director of Government Relations. Also, the funding will provide $500,000 for the Tulsa Airport and Improvement Trust and City of Tulsa to reconstruct Memorial Drive south of Port Road – the North Development Area at Tulsa International Airport. The road project includes a waterline extension and upgrade from 8-inch diameter to 12-inch diameter.
MTTA would use the $750,000 as a federal share to purchase two full-sized transit buses. These would be heavy-duty, 12-year vehicles. As bus ridership has increased over the past year, the new buses would allow MTTA to replace older ones and maintain service at current levels to meet demand.
Reconstruction of Memorial Drive south of Port Road will support redevelopment of this formerly residential area to accommodate facilities for maintenance, repair and overhaul of large aircraft.
“On behalf of the City of Tulsa, I would like to thank Congressman John Sullivan for his hard work and leadership to help secure House support for these funds,” Mayor Kathy Taylor said.
With passage of this appropriations bill, the House now waits for the Senate to pass its own version of this legislation. Once that occurs, the two versions will be resolved in a legislative conference. As soon as both chambers pass the final version of the bill, the legislation then will be sent to the President to be signed into law.



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