The US Federal Transit Administration (FTA), a Division of the Department of Transport, has allocated funding to improve the safety and reliability of America’s bus systems and enhance mobility for transit riders. Recipients of the funding allocated from FTA’s Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program, include many natural gas for transportation projects.
The awards, part of a total $366.2 million in grants, was announced by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
Several project description identify projects related to Compressed Natural Gas:
Miami Dade County in Florida 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. $11 million
The Transit Authority of the City of Omaha (Metro) in Nebraska will receive funding to purchase associated infrastructure for CNG and electric buses. This will help Metro improve environmental efficiency with its CNG/electric fleet and enhance employee safety and productivity throughout its facilities. $6.685 million
The Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority (PARTA) in Ohio will receive funding to make the bus wash system CNG-compliant to maintain and ensure service reliability. $165,330
California’s Victor Valley Transit Authority will receive funding to replace CNG buses that have exceeded their useful life with electric buses. The new buses will improve transit service for residents of the High Desert region of San Bernardino County. $867,007
The City of Visalia in California will receive funding to purchase new compressed natural gas (CNG) replacement buses, which will allow the city to continue to provide shuttle service from Visalia to Fresno. $569,595
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) will receive funding to replace diesel buses with compressed natural gas (CNG) buses in Los Angeles County. The new buses will help the agency replace ageing buses that have exceeded their useful life. $5,457,098
The Utah Transit Authority will receive funding for the construction of maintenance and operations buildings for the Depot District Clean Fuel Technology Center (DDTC) in Salt Lake City. The project will allow the service and maintenance of diesel, electric and natural gas buses to be centralized. $11 million
The above projects equate to about 10% of total funding allocated.