Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce over $12.8 Million for Flint Mass Transportation Authority

Funding Will Provide 32 New Compressed Natural Gas Buses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Flint Mass Transportation Authority will receive $12,800,000 to purchase 32 new Compressed Natural Gas transit buses and provide a workforce development training program for mechanics and drivers. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration.

 “Reliable, safe public transportation is critical for communities to grow and prosper. This grant will help Flint recover with expanded transportation options for families to earn a living, attend school, shop at local businesses and more,” said Senator Peters.

“These 32 new buses will make a real difference in the lives of Flint families,” said Senator 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 investment is another example of the Obama Administration’s commitment to Flint’s recovery.”

“These new vehicles will allow the MTA to avoid the high cost of maintaining a fleet of aged vehicles over 20-years-old. In addition, these alternative fuel vehicles will provide for an environmentally friendly operating system,” said Edgar H. Benning, General Manager of the Flint Mass Transportation Authority. “We are very appreciative all of the support provided by Senator Stabenow and Senator Peters during this grant award process.”