$2.2 billion has been recommended by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to begin or advance construction of 29 ‘significant’ rail projects in 15 states.

President Obama’s proposed budget recommends investing $243.7 million for seven new transit construction projects, including rail and bus rapid transit projects in California, Florida, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, and Washington State.

An additional 10 projects that were recommended for funding in previous years, but have not yet received federal commitments, will receive $769.5 million in this year’s budget.

In addition to the transit construction projects that have not yet been funded, the proposed budget provides nearly $1.2 billion for the continued funding of 12 rail and bus rapid transit projects already under construction in Dallas, Denver, Hartford, Houston, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York City, Northern Virginia, Orlando, Salt Lake City, and Seattle.

“President Obama called on us to rebuild America by putting people back to work on transportation projects that are built to last,” said Secretary LaHood.