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Women's Transportation Seminar Honors Bono as Woman of the Year

Location: Palm Springs, CA


A strong advocate of advancing and addressing transportation issues, Congresswoman Mary Bono (CA-45) has been honored as the 2006 Transportation Woman of the Year on Feb. 20 by the Inland Empire Chapter of Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS).

Recognized for her commitment to obtaining federal funding for transportation projects throughout the Inland Empire, especially in the 45th Congressional District, Bono has been instrumental in securing millions for the Palm Springs Airport Air Traffic Control Tower and millions for improvements to Interstate 10 and other critical roadways in the region.

"This recognition holds great significance for me," said Bono. "Improving, advancing and addressing the transportation needs of our communities has for years, been of paramount importance to me.

"As we continue to see rapid growth in Riverside County and the Coachella Valley, it is imperative and critical that the improvement of our transportation systems follow in parallel fashion."

The Coachella Valley SunLine Transit Agency has also benefited from federal support under the leadership of Congresswoman Bono. Bono was instrumental in assisting SunLine Transit in obtaining an $800,000 grant for its Zero Emission Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus.

"Mary Bono has repeatedly demonstrated decisive leadership in Congress that has helped the Coachella Valley and all of Riverside County," remarked WTC Chairwoman Terry Henderson.

Joined by Congressman Albert R. Wynn (D-MD), Bono and Wynn introduced the bipartisan "Hydrogen Commission Act of 2006. This legislation is intended to increase America's energy security by fast tracking the transition to a hydrogen economy; and to reduce dependency on foreign oil.

"I must acknowledge the great work that is performed by our local transportation leaders and advocates," stated Bono. "To be acknowledged by them is a great honor.

"We must remember that the improvements of our local transportation systems remain an on-going process; and I look forward to continue working with all of our transportation representatives to continue addressing our mobility needs."

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