10.04.10

Vermont Delegation: New Transit Buses Will Roll Into Vermont

Vermont Receives $8.8 Million To Upgrade Public Transit Fleet

(MONDAY, Oct. 4) – U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) Monday announced that Vermont has been awarded $8.8 million in federal transportation grants for public transit providers across the state to purchase new buses. 

The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) was awarded $6,392,000 to distribute to transit agencies statewide, and the Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA) was awarded its own $2,475,305 grant. 

The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration under its new State of Good Repair Program.  This is a $775 million nationwide account for competitive grants for public transit providers to finance capital projects to replace, rehabilitate, and purchase buses and related equipment and to build and rehabilitate bus-related facilities. 

“As part of Vermont’s transportation network, public transit provides mobility and accessibility options to Vermont’s commuters, students, and those without cars,” said Leahy, a member of the Appropriations Committee’s transportation subcommittee.  “Vermonters’ need for and use of public transit is up.  That’s a trend we all want to continue, and these timely capital improvement investments will help meet the demand for quality transit service.”

"As Vermonters' budgets are squeezed by a struggling economy, these funds will provide more choices to people who need to get to work or simply get around town every day. Public transportation like this is essential as we work to break our national addiction on oil and confront a looming climate change crisis," said Sanders, a member of the Senate transportation subcommittee.

Welch said, “This is great news for Vermonters who depend on public transportation to get to work, to the shopping mall and to doctor’s appointments.  In a rural state like Vermont, a quality public transportation system with minimum environmental impact is essential.  This is a sound investment that will benefit Vermonters and the environment for years to come.”

Vermont Transportation Secretary David Dill, who heads VTrans, said, “Investing in new buses does more than just allow public transit providers to improve the quality of their service, it’s also good for the environment.  Modern emissions technology has come a long way in the past few years. As we replace older, gas-guzzling buses with vehicles that are equipped with modern emission-reduction technology, we reduce greenhouse gases and lower the state’s carbon footprint.”

CCTA General Manager Chris Cole said, “This funding is critical for CCTA, allowing us to replace vehicles that are beyond their useful life, with new low emission vehicles that will dramatically reduce by over 90 percent particulate emissions and a 75 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.  We are very grateful for this investment in our public transportation system and for the leadership our congressional delegation has demonstrated in supporting this vital public service that reduces our consumption of foreign oil, supports economic development and improves the air quality of our environment.”

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