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Michigan will receive $27.8M to help fund bus systems

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Posted at 8:50 PM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-11 20:50:39-04

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan will receive almost $28 million to help improve its bus infrastructure thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

It’s part of $464 million going toward improving the safety and reliability of public transportation throughout the U.S., the department said Tuesday.

“This administration is committed to rebuilding our nation’s transportation infrastructure even through the current COVID-19 crisis, and this $464 million in federal grants will help improve the safety and reliability of transit bus service nationwide as the economy returns,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said.

The funding supports projects to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment, as well as bus-related facilities.

Five projects in Michigan will receive shares of the funding:

  • The Michigan Department of Transportation will receive $13.4 million for the construction of new headquarters and transfer station for the Bay Area Transportation Authority.
  • The City of Battle Creek will receive $5.3 million to purchase buses to replace aging vehicles that have exceeded their useful life.
  • The Michigan Department of Transportation will receive $4.9 million to purchase transit vehicles for rural transit agencies across the state.
  • The Michigan Department of Transportation will also receive $2.4 million for bus facility rehabilitation and expansion projects for four rural transit providers: Big Rapids, Gladwin County, Ogemaw County and the Roscommon County Transportation Authority.
  • The Capital Area Transportation Authority will receive $1.8 million to rehabilitate its bus terminal in downtown Lansing.