01.11.17

Detroit Free Press: Flint gets $13 million for new buses

WASHINGTON -- Michigan's U.S. senators said today that Flint will get nearly $13 million from the federal government to help purchase new buses and train bus drivers and mechanics.

U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, both D-Mich., said the Flint Mass Transportation Authority will receive$12.8 million to allow it to buy 32 compressed natural gas (CNG) buses and provide training to employees.

The funding comes from the Federal Transit Administration.

“These 32 new buses will make a real difference in the lives of Flint families,” said Stabenow. “Reliable public transportation is critical for families who need a safe and dependable way to get to work, school, or the doctor's office."

“This grant will help Flint recover with expanded transportation options for families to earn a living, attend school, shop at local businesses and more,” added Peters.

Edgar Benning, general manager of the Flint Mass Transportation Authority, said officials in Flint were appreciative of the grant, adding that the new vehicles, once purchased, will help lower the cost of maintaining a fleet of buses many of which are more than 20 years old.


By:  Todd Spangler
Source: Detroit Free Press