07.23.08

Leahy Announces $1.5 Million For New Public Transit Buses In Vermont

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced that public transit providers around Vermont will receive $1,556,689 in U.S. Department of Transportation grants to buy new buses and maintenance equipment.

Leahy and former Senator Jim Jeffords (I-Vt.) secured the funding for these grants in earlier federal transportation budget bills.  Leahy is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

“With spiking gas prices, more Vermonters are leaving their cars behind, and even more people want to if public transit is available,” said Leahy.  “These grants are a timely and useful upgrade in Vermonters’ access to other transportation options.  These funds will help these communities handle the new ridership demands that they are trying to meet.”

The new vehicles and equipment will be distributed as follows:

  • Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR), Addison County -- 1 Bus;
  • Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA), Chittenden County -- 1 Bus;
  • Deerfield Valley Transit Association (DVTA), Dover and Wilmington -- 1 Portable Lift;
  • Green Mountain Transit Agency (GMTA), Washington County -- 1 Bus and Maintenance Equipment;
  • Marble Valley Regional Transit District (MVRTD), Rutland County -- 3 Buses;
  • Northwest Vermont Public Transit Network (Network), Franklin and Grand Isle Counties -- 2 Buses;
  • Rural Community Transportation (RCT), Northeast Kingdom -- 1 Bus;
  • Stagecoach Transportation Services, Inc. (STSI), Orange and Windsor Counties -- 4 Buses.

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