Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta has announced $46.7 million
in grants to help ensure the safe operation of Mexican commercial
motor vehicles that operate in the United States and to help improve
traffic flow at U.S.-Mexico border crossings.
funds will be used to build and improve safety inspection facilities
and will be distributed to the border states – Arizona, California,
New Mexico and Texas.
Bush administration is committed to expeditiously implementing the
truck and bus provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement
along our southern border, and these grants will help ensure the
safety of Mexican trucks as they begin to operate in the United
States," Secretary Mineta said. "These funds will help
improve traffic flow and ensure the safety of motorists."
the $46.7 million, $6 million will be awarded to Arizona; $7.3 million
to California; $2 million to New Mexico; and $31.4 million to Texas.
program is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Federal
Highway Administration initiative under which the federal government
contributes 100 percent of the project cost. FHWA is the administering
agency for these funds.