Getting ready to bow out as chairman of the U.S. House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., was able to help bring almost $10 million of U.S. Department of Transportation funds to Miami Dade County this week. 

On Thursday, Diaz-Balart announced that Miami-Dade County was getting  $9.5 million in a Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant from the department. Diaz-Balart also looked back on the help he offered South Florida during his tenure as chairman of the subcommittee. With the Democrats taking over the House next month, Diaz-Balart is losing the gavel on the subcommittee. 

“As House Appropriations Transportation Subcommittee chairman, I am grateful to be in a position to bring much-needed dollars home,” Diaz-Balart. “For years, I have told the county that I am willing and able to help fund their transit needs, once a viable plan had been submitted. To their credit the county has finally taken real, tangible steps forward with the SMART Plan over the last several months, and I commend their progress. As the county continues to work with DOT, specifically the Federal Transit Administration, on the project development phase of the South Corridor Rapid Transit Project,

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