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Phoenix Transit Awarded federal grant to purchase local busesPhoenix Transit Awarded federal grant to purchase local buses<div class="ExternalClass4717DE521BE1432EA5EE26349D83251E"><p>For the second time in 2018, the city of Phoenix Public Transit Department has been awarded a federal grant to purchase new buses in a continuing effort to keep the city's transit fleet more reliable for its riders.</p><p>On Tuesday, the Federal Transit Administration announced Phoenix was awarded $6.4 million dollars from the 2018 FTA Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program. This latest award is in addition to the <a href="/news/publictransit/2001">$2.6 million grant the city received in April</a> from the same program's 2017 funding.</p><p>"Safe and reliable transportation infrastructure is key to the city's connectivity and economic development," said Mayor Thelda Williams. "This grant will allow the city to modernize our fleet and improve the quality of service for our riders who depend on it every day."</p><p>With recent bus service improvements implemented as part of the Phoenix Transportation (T2050) plan, which included improved frequency and longer hours citywide, there is a definite need to replace aging buses in the city's local bus fleet.</p><p>"Replacing the City's aging fleet of buses will improve the quality of our transit service while reducing maintenance costs and increasing the reliability for our transit users," said Phoenix District 3 Councilwoman Debra Stark, Chair of the Aviation and Transportation Subcommittee. "The Phoenix Transit system is rapidly expanding and these funds will support our higher levels of ridership throughout the system."   </p><p>The city of Phoenix has more than 35 million bus boardings a year, and a newer bus fleet ensures Phoenix can provide a more efficient and dependable transit experience to not only all the riders who board the bus in Phoenix, but also the other cities in the region that utilize Phoenix's bus service.</p><p>Over the last three years, Phoenix has added 146 new local and RAPID buses to modernize its fleet of nearly 500 vehicles. The city plans to use the grant funds to order another 15 buses from the Gillig Corporation, who manufactures the city's 40-foot local buses. </p><p><strong>About the Phoenix Public Transit Department:</strong></p><p>The Phoenix Public Transit Department provides Phoenix residents a variety of transit options and is the largest member of the Valley Metro regional transit system. Services range from local and commuter buses to alternative transportation for senior citizens and special needs. The city of Phoenix funds transit, and other transportation improvements, through Transportation 2050 (T2050) - a local sales tax approved by Phoenix voters in 2015 – as well as county and federal funds. T2050 allows for enhanced bus service, transit-related technology improvements and fare media upgrades under the leadership of the Citizens Transportation Commission. Visit us at phoenix.gov/publictransit or follow us on Twitter for the latest news.<br></p><p><br></p></div>9/27/2018 7:00:00 AMLars Jacoby, 602-261-8254; Leila Gamiz, 602-261-8392