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Maryland can buy new commuter buses, Metro can pay for a new system to keep track of its buses and trains and other assets, and Alexandria can study transit options in the busy Van Dorn street corridor with federal grant money doled out Monday.
“These grant funds will make sure that bus service in our communities remains reliable and desirable while putting thousands of Americans to work at the same time,” said Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff.
The money will be used to replaced or refurbishing aging buses, build or upgrade bus terminals and other transit facilities, install bus-related equipment, and study future transit needs.
The Maryland Department of Transportation will receive $8 million to replace old buses.The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission received $2.6 million to overhaul vehicles and to purchase new buses. Metro was granted $1.5 million to develop an integrated asset management system to track the condition of its fleet, facilities, and equipment. Alexandria was awarded $800,000 to study land use and transit options in the corridors from the Van Dorn Metro station to the Pentagon and Shirlington.
LaHood said competition was fierce for the grants, which were awarded through the Federal Transit Administration’s Alternatives Analysis, Bus Livability, and State of Good Repair Programs. The FTA reviewed 839 project applications, representing $4.9 billion in funding requests by transit providers, before making the selections.