FTA acting administrator K. Jane Williams. Screengrab via Youtube.

You’ll be seeing 14 new, clean diesel buses on the road soon.

The Port Authority of Allegheny County received a $3.6 million grant today through the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) competitive Bus and Facilities Infrastructure Investment program, which helps transit agencies nationwide replace and rehabilitate buses and bus infrastructure.

The funding will help replace some of the oldest buses in the Port Authority fleet with new clean diesel vehicles, lowering the average age of the fleet and hopefully improving service reliability for riders.

Acting FTA Administrator K. Jane Williams attended an event at the East Liberty Transit Center along with Port Authority CEO Katharine Kelleman and URA Executive Director Robert Rubinstein to announce the grant and highlight the benefits of bus transit in helping county residents get around the city to jobs, education and medical appointments.

“At USDOT, infrastructure investment is one of Secretary Chao’s top priorities,” Williams said, referring to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao. “This grant will support new vehicles that will help make bus service in Allegheny County more effective, safe and reliable.”

The Fiscal Year 2017 round of the Bus and Bus Facilities program awarded a total of $264 million to 139 projects nationwide. The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Fiscal year 2018 is expected to be announced this summer.

Learn more in this video about the announcement.

Melissa Rayworth

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