RTA receives nearly $3 million federal grant for new buses
For Immediate Release
MEDIA CONTACT: Jessica Olson (937) 425-8352, Communications Manager
(DAYTON, OHIO) … DAYTON – The Greater Dayton RTA has been awarded nearly $3 million to replace eight outdated buses with newer, cleaner diesel buses through a competitive grant award from the Department of Transportation (DOT).
The $2,971,592 grant award, announced Tuesday, Nov. 20, will allow the agency to replace eight buses that are 10 years old with over 500,000 miles on each. “Several years ago RTA set an ambitious goal to replace our entire bus fleet by 2020 and this award is certainly an important piece in making that goal a reality,” said Bob Ruzinsky, RTA’s Deputy CEO.
“Miami Valley riders rely on the Greater Dayton RTA to get to work or school and then back home again,” said U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), in an announcement about the grant award. “This additional investment will help improve the local bus system for these riders and cut costs and improve reliability for GDRTA and the Dayton community.”
“This is great news for the Dayton Regional Transit Authority and all riders in the Miami Valley who will benefit from this $3 million upgrade to replace eight aging buses in their fleet with state-of-the-art, clean diesel ones. I was proud to support legislation that ensured this funding would be possible,” said U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, (R-OH), following the grant announcement.
The RTA award was part of a national “Bus and Bus Facilities” grant program. Through the program, $423 million was made available nationwide and the funds were awarded through a competitive process to assist in the financing of capital projects to replace, rehabilitate, purchase, or lease buses and related equipment, and to rehabilitate, purchase, construct or lease bus-related facilities. Ruzinsky added, “Having a newer bus fleet not only improves our customer experience, but it also improves our community as a whole as the new buses meet more stringent EPA standards.”
RTA is Ohio’s greenest fleet, and serves over 3,000 stops on 31 routes throughout Montgomery and parts of Greene County. The agency operates diesel, hybrid diesel, and electric trolley buses that take people to work, school and shopping. Customers ride RTA on more than 9 million passenger trips each year. RTA is committed to providing the highest levels of customer service as the region’s first choice for alternative transportation.