$775 million available to local transit agencies

Marked for upgrades in bus service in light of economic crisis

In a brief announcement from the Department of Transportation, Secretary Ray LaHood announced Monday, April 3, 2010, the Obama administration is making $775 million available to local transit agencies to upgrade bus service.

The use of the funds can provide for new vehicles and  retrofits of older buses, as well as modernizing bus facilities, and address the backlogs of repairs and delayed maintenance.   The money comes as transit agencies across the country lay off workers and cut service, mostly because of declines in local and state tax revenue.

The administration says it sees providing alternatives to driving — including buses — as key to solving the nation’s transportation woes.