Border states receive $54 million in grants

Aug. 1, 2002
United States Transportation Secretary Norman Y Mineta has announced $54 million in grants to help ensure safe operation of Mexico-domiciled commercial

United States Transportation Secretary Norman Y Mineta has announced $54 million in grants to help ensure safe operation of Mexico-domiciled commercial motor vehicles in the United States and improve traffic flow at border crossings in the four border states.

This money was appropriated by Congress from the federal-aid highways revenue aligned budget authority to be distributed to Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas under the Department of Transportation's Border Infrastructure Program (BIP). Of the $54 million, $2.1 million will be awarded to Arizona, $8.9 million to California, $2.2 million to New Mexico, and $40.8 million to Texas.

The objective of the BIP is twofold: safe operation of Mexico-domiciled commercial motor vehicles operating in the United States, and improved traffic flow at border crossings in the four border states. Projects financed under the BIP will include:

  • Construction of eight new commercial motor vehicle safety inspection facilities at the Texas border.

  • Upgrade and final construction of an automated port of entry at the Santa Teresa NM border crossing that will increase the number of inspections conducted at the facility.

  • Construction of additional inspection bays and parking areas for out-of-service vehicles at the commercial vehicle enforcement facility at Calexico CA.

The BIP is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) initiative under which the federal government contributes 80% of the project cost and the four states involved pay 20% of the expenses. FHWA is the administering agency.

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