OH: Northeast Ohio transit agencies receive federal grants to improve bus service

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WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded grants to the Federal Transit Administration totaling $32,639,029 that will be used to improve bus service for five Ohio transit authorities across the State, US Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown announced this week.

In northeast Ohio, Laketran in Lake County will receive $14,681,981 to fund the upgrade of its headquarters by expanding a bus garage and adding an operations and maintenance facility, a Brown said. The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority will receive $4 million to make necessary upgrades to the Hayden Bus Maintenance Facility, and the Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority will receive $1,514,888 to replace older buses.

Elsewhere in the state, the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority will receive $10,134,960 to replace older buses and the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority will receive $2,307,200 to upgrade its maintenance facilities and replace older paratransit vehicles, a said Brown’s office. The money for the grants came from the bipartisan infrastructure agreement approved last year.

A statement from Brown said public transit reduces travel costs and helps Ohio communities create opportunity.

“Employers, contractors, and workers have all called for better public transit — now we’re delivering by making major investments that will create well-paying American jobs that can’t be shipped overseas, and that will help communities of Ohio to prosper and grow,” the Ohio Democrat’s statement said.

Portman, a Republican from Ohio, also applauded the grants.

“Funding for these projects will help these transit authorities purchase new buses and track maintenance and repairs to better serve their communities,” Portman said in a statement.

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