Southeast communities receive federal public transportation grant awards

    Washington, DC (KINY) - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration has announced $1.66 billion in grants to transit agencies, territories, and states across the country to invest in 150 bus fleets and facilities.

    Projects have been announced in three Southeast Alaska communities.

    The City of Juneau will receive $2,264,000 to rehabilitate and modernize its vehicle storage and maintenance facility. This project will allow Capital Transit to ensure a state of good repair for its fleet and enable the transit system to continue to provide safe and reliable transit service for residents throughout Juneau.

    The Ketchikan Gateway Borough will receive $4,285,436 to buy electric buses and charging equipment. The new buses will help improve service, reliability and air quality.

    Metlakatla Indian Community will receive $402,257 to buy a battery electric bus and charging equipment to initiate fixed-route transit service that connects Metlakatla residents to the Annette Islands Ferry Terminal on the Annette Islands Reserve.

    Funded by President Joe Biden's bipartisan infrastructure law, more than 1,100 vehicles will use zero-emissions technology, which reduces air pollution and helps meet the president’s goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.

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