Funds will replace buses and help reduce fleet greenhouse gas emissions
As part of a series of major funding announcements for the nation’s transportation infrastructure, Deputy Federal Transit Administrator Therese McMillan announced today that the City of Santa Fe will receive an award of $1.92 million to improve the Santa Fe Trails Bus System fleet.
The City of Santa Fe will use the funds to replace buses in its fleet that have met or exceeded their useful lives with CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) buses that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The project was selected on a competitive basis through the 2012 State of Good Repair Program and is part of a U.S. Department of Transportation effort to modernize and replace aging transit facilities and vehicles in order to meet the growing demand from millions of riders across the country.
“Like many other cities in the U.S., Santa Fe needs a modern, efficient fleet of buses in order to promote economic recovery by helping people get to jobs, school and anywhere else they need to go. This funding helps make that possible,” said Jon Bulthuis, director of Santa Fe Trails.
Reflecting the need for infrastructure investment nationwide, demand for the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) FY2012 State of Good Repair and Bus Livability funds was overwhelming. FTA received 836 project applications totaling $4 billion in requests. In FY2010 and FY2011, FTA awarded a total of more than $1.8 billion in grants for hundreds of state of good repair projects, primarily involving buses and bus facilities.
“President Obama’s support for an America built to last is putting people back to work across the country repairing and upgrading our nation’s public transit systems,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “By investing in the transit infrastructure people depend on to get where we need to go each day, we will keep our economy moving forward well into the future.”
McMillan was joined by Mayor David Coss, City Councilor Patti Bushee, and other city and state officials for the announcement, which took place July 24, 2012, at the Santa Fe Trails South Capital Station on Pen Road between Alta Vista Street and Cordova Road.