U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Funding for Improving Transit Bus Service
Transit bus projects across the country will be able to apply for a grant
The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced that transit bus projects across the country will be able to apply for a grant to improve service.
The DOT will have $226.5 million in total from which to apportion grants. Congress has authorized the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program to provide funding to projects that will improve the condition of bus infrastructure by replacing and rehabilitating buses and related facilities.
"Transit buses account for more than five billion passenger trips every year, providing vital connections to jobs and economic opportunities," said FTA Executive Director Matthew Welbes. "These grants will help more communities bring their transit infrastructure into a much-needed state of good repair."
Each project will have to comply with Buy America regulations requiring all iron, steel, or manufacturing products to be produced in the U.S., as well as final vehicle assembly. Projects eligible for grants include those that replace, rehabilitate, lease, and purchase buses and related equipment, as well as projects to purchase, rehabilitate, construct, or lease bus-related facilities, such as buildings for storing and maintaining buses.
The DOT's most recent Conditions & Performance Report shows that transit providers across the U.S. are facing a maintenance backlog of almost $90 billion. This includes 10,000 buses that are estimated to be in either poor or marginal condition.
The program will provide at least ten percent—$22.6 million—for bus needs in rural areas.