This week, three Democrats representing Central Florida in Congress–U.S. Reps. Val Demings, Stephanie Murphy and Darren Soto–announced federal funds for the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX) and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for more low-emission public transportation.
The funds come from the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package signed into law earlier this year.
LYNX will be getting $16.1 million while almost $6.5 million is headed to FDOT to be used in Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties. The funds come from the Buses and Bus Facilities Program and the Low-No Program.
“I joined Republicans and Democrats to pass the bipartisan infrastructure act because Orlando’s economy depends on our travel infrastructure. When Central Florida’s residents and visitors can get where they need to go easily, quickly, and safely, it helps our families and our community to grow. I’m proud to announce these new federal transportation grants that will expand low-emission transportation that keeps our air clean, keeps our communities healthy, and reduces traffic and congestion. This will help fuel our community’s continued economic growth and keep us moving,” Demings said.
“Our great state of Florida continues to see the benefits of the infrastructure law in our transportation. Thanks to these federal funds, LYNX and the Florida Department of Transportation will have the opportunity to improve facilities and focus on lowering pollution as we fight climate change. I am proud to have worked with Reps. Demings and Murphy to secure these grants for Central Floridians and look forward to seeing the future of our region’s transit fleet,” said Soto.
“Central Florida is one of America’s fastest-growing regions and is also one of the most susceptible to the consequences of climate change. These funds will help reduce our carbon footprint while delivering world-class infrastructure that will help boost long-term economic growth,” said Murphy.
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