$464 MILLION TO REVITALIZE AMERICA’S BUS INFRASTRUCTURE
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will award $464 million in transit infrastructure grants nationwide to improve the safety and reliability of America’s bus systems and enhance mobility for transit riders. A total of 96 projects in 49 states and territories receive funding from FTA’s Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program.
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.
Among the projects selected to receive funding:
• In Florida, five projects will receive a total of $27.8 million to purchase new electric buses and upgrade bus maintenance facilities and infrastructure in the Orlando metropolitan area, Collier County, Hillsborough County, the Jacksonville metropolitan area and Pinellas County.
• In Pennsylvania, two projects will receive a total of $11.5 million to construct a new bus maintenance facility in Hazleton in Luzerne County, and purchase new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses to replace older diesel buses that have exceeded their useful life in Erie County.
• In Wisconsin, two projects will receive a total of $7.7 million to purchase new articulated buses to reduce crowding on high demand bus routes in the City of Madison in Dane County, and replace an aging roof on a bus maintenance facility in Milwaukee County.
Demand for FTA’s Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program far exceeded available funds, as FTA received 282 applications totaling approximately $1.8 billion in funding requests, from 51 states and territories. Project proposals were evaluated based on criteria outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity.