As part of more than $366.2 million in grants from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Miami Dade will get $11 million to replace diesel buses with compressed natural gas (CNG) buses.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced this week that the FTA is backing 107 projects across the country, including in all 50 states and all the territories, that will “improve the safety and reliability of America’s bus systems and enhance mobility for transit riders” The funds are coming from FTA’s Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program to back “projects to replace, rehabilitate, and purchase buses and related equipment, as well as projects to purchase, rehabilitate, and construct bus-related facilities.”

“These grants will help rebuild and modernize bus systems across the country for greater safety,” said Chao on Tuesday.

“Bus transportation is the most widely available form of public transportation across the country,” said FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams. “These grants are a significant step in achieving the Administration’s goal of rebuilding our nation’s transportation infrastructure.”

While there are more than 100 projects being funded with the FTA money, only one of them is based in the Sunshine State. California, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin will be getting more funds than Florida. Minnesota, New Mexico, Utah and South Carolina are also getting $11 million in Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program funds.

“Miami Dade County will receive funding to replace diesel buses with compressed natural gas (CNG) buses throughout the fleet. The new buses will replace older model diesel buses that have met or exceeded their useful life. Metrobus provides the primary form of public transportation for riders throughout Florida’s most populous area,” the FTA noted.

 

Kevin Derby can be reached at Kevin.Derby@floridadaily.com.

 

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