Department of Transportation United States of America

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will award Missouri with $5.5 million from FTA’s Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program.

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

The Missouri Department of Transportation will receive around $5.1 million to construct two storage and maintenance facilities for rural transit providers. The facilities will save operational costs compared to using contract services, add efficiencies and help keep transit buses in a state of good repair.

Another $350,000 will go to the city of St. Louis for transit repairs and improvements.

In Fiscal Year 2019, FTA has provided more than $12 billion in support for public transportation nationwide.

A full copy of the press release with more details is below:

 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will award $423 million in transit infrastructure grants nationwide to improve the safety and reliability of America’s bus systems and enhance mobility for transit riders. Two projects in Missouri will receive a total of $5.5 million from FTA’s Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program. A list of the selected projects is available online.

“Public bus systems throughout the country provide millions of Americans access to jobs, healthcare, grocery stores, and other vital services,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

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

“More people travel by bus than any other form of public transportation,” said FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams. “This Administration is committed to rebuilding our nation’s transportation infrastructure and helping to improve bus service nationwide.”

Missouri projects selected to receive funding are as follows:

  • The Bi-State Development Agency of St. Louis will receive $350,000 to transform bus stops into mobility hubs to improve safety and create a more welcoming experience for riders. The hubs will improve accessibility and include amenities such as benches, lighting and community information at key transit transfer points.

  • The Missouri Department of Transportation will receive approximately $5.1 million to construct two storage and maintenance facilities for rural transit providers. The facilities will save operational costs compared to using contract services, add efficiencies and help keep transit buses in a state of good repair.

Demand for FTA’s Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program far exceeded available funds, as FTA received applications for 318 eligible projects totaling approximately $1.9 billion in funding requests, from a total of 270 applicants in 43 states and territories. Project proposals were evaluated based on criteria outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity.

Federal public transportation law (49 USC § 5339(b)), as amended by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, authorizes FTA’s Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program through FY2020.

In Fiscal Year 2019, FTA has made available more than $12 billion in funding through both formula and competitive grant programs to support public transportation.