The Federal Transit Administration awarded $928.5 million in grants to more than 300 projects through its Alternatives Analysis, Bus Livability, and State of Good Repair programs. Projects include the following:
- Orange County Transportation Authority (CA) will install 100 solar lights at selected bus stops to improve safety, security, and accessibility.
- Springfield Mass Transit District (IL) will purchase hardware to upgrade its web site and develop mobile applications for use with smart phones, and integrate its mainline operations with automatic voice announcement and computer aided dispatch/automatic vehicle location systems.
- Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (MI) will purchase clean diesel buses with hybrid-electric components to increase bus service along the Washtenaw Avenue corridor.
- City of Tucson (AZ) will replace aging vehicles with compressed natural gas buses and upgrade its CNG fueling station.
“Investing in America’s transit systems, rails, roads, ports, and airports will generate tens of thousands of construction-related jobs and put more money in the pockets of working Americans,” Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement. “But we must do more. Congress needs to pass the American Jobs Act so we can continue to invest in critically needed projects like these, to repair and rebuild our nation’s transportation system.”