U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced $787 million that will put Americans to work modernizing and replacing aging transit facilities and vehicles to meet the growing demand from millions of riders across the country. “By investing in the transit infrastructure people depend on to get where we need to go each day, we will keep our economy moving forward well into the future,” said LaHood.
Several of the 255 projects selected include the renewal of old vehicles that have met or exceeded their useful lives and the purchase of compressed natural gas buses and paratransit vehicles. In the state of California, LA Metro will receive $10 million, Fresno Department of Transportation $2,342,400, City of Santa Monica Municipal Bus Lines $1,992,589, and Sacramento Regional Transit District $1,320,000.
Through the Colorado Department of Transportation, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority will receive $1,600,000. In the same state, city of Fort Collins will get $1,065,720 and Mesa County $650,000. Moreover, through the Ohio Department of Transportation, Stark Area Regional Transportation Authority will obtain $1,361,200 and METRO Regional Transit Authority (Akron) will receive $1,494,000.
Other projects that will receive grants to buy CNG-powered buses are New Jersey Transit ($46,296,000), Central Arkansas Transit Authority ($1,046,244), Florida’s Hillsborough Area Regional Transportation Authority ($4,000,000), Pennsylvania’s Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority ($1,660,000), Dallas Area Rapid Transit ($12,000,000), Idaho’s Treasure Valley Transit ($405,000), Illinois’ Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District ($2,160,000), City of Santa Fe in New Mexico ($1,920,000), Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada ($5,000,000), Southern Oklahoma Rural Transit System ($473,515), and Utah Transit Authority ($1,580,000).
Grants will also fund other NGV-related initiatives, including $1,135,228 to expand Porterville Transit’s CNG fueling facility with the construction of two canopies, and $3,986,990 to build a new LEED-certifiable bus maintenance and storage facility in Donora to replace a Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority’s 90-year site, reduce emissions and accommodate fuel-efficient compressed natural gas buses.
Source: U.S. Department of Transportation