District 27 U.S. Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz announced last week the passage of annual funding of the Department of Transportation and Department of Housing and Urban Development, with Ortiz securing $1 million for South Texas transportation projects through the House Committee on Appropriations.

The 2011 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill addresses some of the country's most pressing needs by investing in the country's infrastructure as well as ensuring safe transportation and housing needs of millions of Americans.

"The federal dollars the House has appropriated today for South Texas come at a time when we most need it to continue our on-going infrastructure projects," Ortiz said. "The transportation projects announced for the 27th Congressional District of Texas will allow for the continued expansion and growth of local buses and public transportation."

The bill includes $500,000 for the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority, to expand the Staples Street Station and construct a new customer service center. The award of funding will enable the RTA to provide safe, reliable and expanded transit service throughout the region and to provide mobility choices by removing barriers that limit the ability of customers to reach RTA services.