FTA Announces $211 Million in Grants for New Buses, Facilities

these grants will help improve bus service nationwide

FTA Announces $211 Million in Grants for New Buses, Facilities
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September 9, 2016

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the selections for its Bus and Bus Facilities Grant Program that will help provide more modern, reliable bus service for transit riders across the country.

Sixty-one projects in 41 states, the Virgin Islands, and Indian Country will receive a share of nearly $211 million to replace, rehabilitate, and purchase transit buses and related equipment, and construct bus-related facilities.

"The Obama Administration is committed to improving transportation options that connect people in rural and urban areas across the country to opportunities," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. "These grants will improve mobility for thousands of transit riders who depend on bus service every day, expanding access to employment, education, healthcare, and other important services in their communities."

Selected projects include those that replace, rehabilitate, and purchase buses and related equipment as well as projects to purchase, rehabilitate and construct bus-related facilities, such as buildings for bus storage and maintenance.

The City of Greensboro, NC will receive $960,000 in funding to renovate its ticketing, call center, and waiting areas of the J. Douglas Galyon Bus Depot.

"FTA is proud to partner with state, local and tribal authorities to invest in projects that will help improve the condition of our nation's public transportation bus fleets," said FTA Acting Administrator Carolyn Flowers. "Maintaining our public transit systems in a state of good repair is vitally important to meet the needs of today's transit riders and a growing population."