U.S. Department of Transportation awards $366.2M to renew bus fleets
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will award $366.2 million in grants to improve the safety and reliability of America’s bus systems and enhance mobility for transit riders. A total of 107 projects in 50 states and territories will receive funding from FTA’s Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program. “These grants will help rebuild and modernize bus systems across the country for greater safety,” said Chao. The funding supports projects to replace, rehabilitate, and purchase buses and related equipment, as well as projects to purchase, rehabilitate, and construct bus-related facilities. The projects selected include: In California, the city of Visalia will receive $569,595 in funding to purchase new CNG replacement buses, which will allow the city to continue to provide shuttle service from Visalia to Fresno, and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) will get $5,457,098 to replace diesel buses with CNG buses in Los Angeles County. The new buses will help the agency replace aging buses that have exceeded their useful life. Moreover, Miami Dade County will receive $11,000,000 to replace diesel buses with CNG buses throughout Metrobus’ fleet. The new buses will replace older model diesel buses that have met or exceeded their useful life. Metrobus provides the primary form of public transportation for riders throughout Florida’s most populous area. The Transit Authority of the City of Omaha (Metro) will receive $6,685,000 to purchase associated infrastructure for CNG and electric buses. This will help Metro improve environmental efficiency with its alternative fuel fleet and enhance employee safety and productivity throughout its facilities. Finally, the Utah Transit Authority will obtain $11,000,000 for the construction of maintenance and operations buildings for the Depot District Clean Fuel Technology Center (DDTC) in Salt Lake City. The project will allow the service and maintenance of natural gas buses to be centralized.