The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is awarding $464 million in transit infrastructure grants “to improve the safety and reliability of America’s bus systems and enhance mobility for transit riders.”
FTA’s Buses and Bus Facilities Program will award grants to 96 projects in 49 states and territories.
“Millions of Americans rely on public transportation to access healthcare, jobs, and other vital services,” said FTA Deputy Administrator K. Jane Williams. “During this unprecedented time, we need to ensure access and mobility for the riders who depend on our nation’s bus systems.”
Click here for a complete listing of the FTA awards.
Below are the CSG-East members who have been awarded grants.
- Connecticut Department of Transportation: $6,730,532. Funding to upgrade CT Transit bus storage facilities in the City of Stamford as it prepares to introduce battery-electric buses into its fleet. Building renovations will include upgrading electrical service, heating/cooling and fire suppression systems, and upgrading lighting to ensure a state of good repair for the current and future fleet.
- Delaware Transit Corporation: $2,480,000. Funding to install a canopy system with a solar panel array for its bus parking facility in Dover, Delaware. The facility is the primary bus storage location in Central Delaware, and this project will improve maintenance, extend the life of vehicles, and reduce energy costs.
- Berkshire Regional Transit Authority: $333,732. Funding to replace minibuses that have exceeded their useful life and undertake repairs at its Intermodal Transportation Center and maintenance facility near Pittsfield. The project will improve state of good repair for the BRTA system, which serves 24 towns and two cities in western Massachusetts.
- Lowell Regional Transit Authority: $4,620,000. Funding to replace buses and related equipment that have exceeded their useful life. Replacing the aging equipment will improve safety and efficiency for LRTA riders in Lowell and 13 other northeast Massachusetts communities.
- Montachusett Regional Transit Authority: $1,000,000. Funding to replace its fare collection system with a modernized version that will accept multiple payment methods and online farecard management. MART will implement the fare collection system in all transit and paratransit vehicles for greater continuity in the fleet.
- Pioneer Valley Transit Authority: $1,536,000. Funding to replace bus wash systems in its in Northampton and UMass Amherst maintenance facilities that have exceeded their useful life and cannot accommodate paratransit vans. The new systems will increase safety and efficiency by adding capability to wash all vehicles in the fleet, conserve energy and water, and eliminate icy, dangerous conditions for bus drivers and pedestrians resulting from hand washing of vehicles.
- Worcester Regional Transit Authority: $722,606. Funding for a new mobile fare payment system for its bus system to include rider-managed online accounts, fare capping to ensure lowest fares for any given trip and payment using a variety of media. The system also will enable WRTA to track riders more accurately by location and fare type.
- MDOT MTA on Behalf of Harford County, Maryland: $3,437,370. Funding to replace diesel buses with compressed natural gas (CNG) buses that have exceeded their useful life. This project will improve service reliability while maintaining a state of good repair.
- MDOT MTA on Behalf of Howard County, Maryland: $1,239,024. Funding to purchase replacement transit vehicles and implement an automated bus stop announcement system on its fixed route fleet. This project will improve service reliability while maintaining a state of good repair.
- MDOT MTA on Behalf of The County Commissioners of Carroll County: $118,174. Funding to purchase vehicles to replace older vehicles that have exceeded their useful life. This project will improve service reliability while maintaining a state of good repair.
- City of Bangor: $396,800. Funding to add passenger shelters and bus boarding areas for its Community Connector service, which has used a “flag stop” hailing model with no designed bus stops. The project will produce a bus stop location plan considering ridership, connectivity, transfer points, accessibility, safety, streetscapes, and rider amenities, creating more efficient, better connections to jobs, schools, and community services.
- Greater Portland Transit District: $821,526. Funding to replace aging buses that have exceeded their useful life. The bus replacements will be ADA-compliant and improve safety and efficiency for the fleet, which serves a growing ridership in the City of Portland.
- Maine Department of Transportation: $9,000,000. Funding to build an intermodal welcome center at the Acadia Gateway Center in Trenton, Maine, near the entrance to Acadia National Park. The center will serve as the headquarters for Downeast Transportation, Inc.’s popular Island Explorer bus system, which serves the National Park and surrounding communities.
- City of Nashua: $821,500. Funding to renovate and upgrade the Nashua Transit System Transit Center to improve safety and add technology enhancements for riders. The upgrades include improving lighting and camera systems as well as incorporating on-time bus arrival and departure data, WiFi and automatic announcements and displays.
- New Jersey Transit Corporation: $14,672,995. Funding to rehabilitate its Wayne Bus Maintenance Facility in Passaic County. This project will improve safety and state of good repair for facilities that were originally built in the 1990s.
- County of Suffolk: $1,600,000. Funding to purchase new battery electric buses and support charging equipment. The new buses will improve safety, reliability, and state of good repair for the system.
- New York City Department of Transportation: $10,000,000. Funding to enhance service, reliability, and pedestrian safety along the South Bronx Bx6 Select Bus Service route. The Bx6 SBS carries passengers between Washington Heights in Manhattan to the South Bronx.
- City of Hazleton: $10,000,000. Funding to construct a new bus maintenance and storage facility. The new facility will allow Hazleton Public Transit to maintain its buses and improve service reliability more efficiently.
- Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority: $1,466,250. Funding to purchase new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses to replace older diesel buses that have exceed their useful life. This project will improve safety, service reliability and maintain a state of good repair.
- Municipio de Carolina: $2,482,880. Funding to purchase new buses to replace old buses that have exceeded their useful life. The upgrades will improve the quality of transit service, enhance mobility for riders and reduce maintenance costs while increasing safety for passengers throughout Carolina, Puerto Rico.
- Rhode Island Public Transit Authority: $8,913,508. Funding to purchase new buses that will replace aging buses that have exceeded their useful life. The new buses will improve safety and reliability for RIPTA riders, who access the statewide service through hubs in Providence, Pawtucket, and Newport.
- Vermont Agency of Transportation: $836,355. Funding to replace aging transit vehicles throughout the state that have exceeded their useful life. The new transit vehicles will improve safety and reliability of transit service statewide, and help rural residents access jobs, medical care, and other critical services.