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Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Serving Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties

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Stimulus Construction

With the passage of the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act", Congress and the President established a $787 billion economic stimulus program that will provide funds for revitalization projects including transit, highway, bridge, and infrastructure improvements, among others.

Locally, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) is the agency responsible for allocating the transportation stimulus dollars. On February 26, 2009, the DVRPC Board approved some $668 million for initiatives in Greater Philadelphia and South Jersey. Of this funding, SEPTA will receive $191 million to complete 26 capital development projects. SEPTA has identified an additional $300 million in projects, should more stimulus funds become available in the future.

In identifying eligible projects, SEPTA followed the basic program principles:

Projects had to be "shovel-ready"

Construction contracts would have to be awarded within 180 days

Project funds would have to be spent within two (2) years

Projects would vary in size and complexity requiring the services of small, medium, and large firms including DBE firms

Passenger service operations would be maintained during project construction

In order to hit the ground running once stimulus dollars are released, SEPTA has taken a number of steps to ensure that its capital development projects are ready to go including issuing requests for bids on work that will be completed by third party contractors and holding the first of several information sessions for DBE businesses - prime contractors and subcontractors - to ensure that all interested parties have the opportunity to compete for stimulus funded contracts.

SEPTA has demonstrated a longstanding partnership commitment to building and strengthening our region - through the delivery of transit services, investing in our station, facility, infrastructure, and vehicle assets, and advancing sustainability/resource management initiatives. The funding SEPTA receives through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will enable the Authority to meet these objectives by enhancing transit amenities for customers and supporting the region's economy through construction contracts and the purchase of goods and services.

For more information about the federal government's economic recovery program visit www.recovery.gov