The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced approximately $264 million in project selections to improve the safety and reliability of America’s bus systems and enhance mobility for transit riders across the country. A total of 139 projects in 52 states and territories will receive funding from FTA’s Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program.
“Every day, working families across America rely on buses, and these grants will ensure that these vital services continue to be both safe and efficient,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
The grants will fund projects to 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 natural gas vehicle projects to receive funding include:
The Colorado Department of Transportation, on behalf of the City of Glenwood Springs, will receive $458,384 in funding to purchase a new CNG bus for the city’s Ride Glenwood bus fleet. The new bus will replace an aging diesel bus that has exceeded its useful life and is often out of service due to mechanical issues.
The Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works will receive $3.6 million in funding to purchase CNG buses to replace older buses that have exceeded their useful life. The new buses will improve the efficiency and reliability of the bus service in the Miami area.
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) will receive $3.6 million in funding to replace 40-foot diesel buses that have exceeded their useful life with 60-foot CNG buses. The new buses will provide expanded capacity on a high ridership bus route that connects southeastern DeKalb County with MARTA Rail.
Springfield Mass Transit District will receive $2.2 million in funding to purchase new CNG buses to replace older buses that have exceeded their useful life. The new buses will improve transit service throughout the Springfield area.
The Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority (Wave Transit) will receive $3.6 million in funding to replace older diesel buses with clean and economical CNG buses. The new buses will improve transit service throughout Wilmington, North Carolina.
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) will receive nearly $2.7 million in funding to upgrade and renovate GCRTA’s west side bus facility to accommodate CNG-fueled buses. This project will significantly improve system condition and service reliability by replacing systems that are past their useful life, while also lowering maintenance and operating costs.
The Metropolitan Tulsa Transit Authority will receive over $4.2 million in funding to purchase CNG buses to replace diesel transit buses that have exceeded their useful life. The replacement vehicles will provide increased safety and reliability as well as fewer breakdowns.
The Rogue Valley Transportation District will receive over $3 million in funding to purchase 35-foot low floor CNG vehicles. This project will significantly improve system reliability by replacing vehicles that are beyond their useful life.
The Salem Area Mass Transit District will receive nearly $2.5 million in funding to purchase low-floor CNG buses, replacing vehicles that are beyond their useful life.
The Luzerne County Transportation Authority will receive $1.7 million in funding to purchase 35-foot CNG replacement buses. This project will significantly improve transit service by replacing assets that are in poor condition and have exceeded their useful life.
Demand for FTA’s Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program far exceeded available funds, as FTA received applications for 453 eligible projects totaling approximately $2 billion in funding requests from a total of 53 States and territories. Project proposals were evaluated based on criteria outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity. The selected projects will receive a combination of fiscal year 2017 and 2018 funds.