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Frank Announces $1.2 Million for Auburndale Commuter Rail Accessibility

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Congressman Barney Frank announced today that $1.2 million in federal funds has been allocated for the Auburndale Commuter Rail handicapped accessibility project. The money was included, at Frank's request, in the 2006 Department of Transportation appropriations bill, which was approved by Congress on Friday. The total cost of the project is estimated at $4 million, with the state expected to contribute half the total. Frank helped secure an initial installment of $300,000 in federal funds for planning and design work in the 2004 spending bill.

"I am pleased that we are taking another key step forward in the effort to make our public transportation system more accessible," Frank said. "When combined with the expected state share of the costs, these new federal funds should bring us well toward a total that is sufficient to complete the Auburndale project. I will be working closely with State Representative Kay Khan, who has played a lead role in this initiative, as we continue moving ahead on the project."

"Congressman Frank's assistance with this project has been exceptional," said State Rep. Khan. "I am delighted by this additional financial support, and I look forward to moving closer to the goal of bringing handicapped accessible commuter rail transportation to my constituents in Newton."

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