The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration announced last week the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments will receive $6.1 million for commuter buses and related equipment.
The Charleston Area Regional Transit Authority (CARTA) will use the money to purchase 16 40-foot, low-floor buses to replace the current Express commuter buses as well as electronic fare boxes, security cameras, locators, and bike racks.
“This is a huge win for our region and is another important step toward CARTA’s strategic goal of updating its vehicle fleet,” CARTA board chairman Mike Seekings said.
The funding comes from the FTA’s Bus and Bus Facilities Grant Program, which will help fund 61 projects in 41 states as well as the Virgin Islands and Indian Country for a total of $211 million going toward the purchase and rehabilitation of transit buses and related equipment. The program is a result of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which was signed by President Obama in December 2015.
“The Obama Administration is committed to improving transportation options that connect people in rural and urban areas across the country to opportunities,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said. “These grants will improve mobility for thousands of transit riders who depend on bus service every day, expanding access to employment, education, health care, and other important services in their communities.”
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