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FTA's Rogoff tours GCRTA construction site as part of 'Build Week'


On Wednesday, Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff toured the construction site for the new Puritas Rapid Transit station, a rail station the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) is building as part of its Rapid Red Line.

The $11.6 million station, which will replace one built in 1966, is being funded with monies from the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA), including $5.3 million in Recovery Act stimulus funds. The project is one of several around the nation that is "moving the America closer to meeting the goal President Obama set forth in his State of the Union address to win the future by investing in America," FTA officials said in a prepared statement.

"Building brand new rail stations like the Puritas station will allow us to revive construction jobs while improving the daily commute for thousands of Cleveland residents for generations to come," Rogoff said.

Rogoff's visit was part of "Build Week," a weeklong tour by U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) officials aimed at showcasing projects the agency believes are spurring economic development and creating jobs.

As part of the week's kickoff, USDOT Secretary Ray LaHood and Rogoff announced a $3 billion infusion of formula funds to states, local communities and transit agencies nationwide.

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