Contact: Paul Griffo
South Dakota residents will soon enjoy improved bus service as a result of a $1.1 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
“New buses and preventive maintenance funded by this grant will enhance service to all riders, reduce air pollution, lower maintenance costs, and increase fuel efficiency,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will use the grant, awarded on May 12, to purchase transit vehicles, perform preventive maintenance on vehicles at transit agencies around the state and for the construction of a new transit facility in the city of Spearfish.
“The Obama Administration is proud to provide these funds, which will ensure the South Dakota Department of Transportation can continue to provide its riders with safe and efficient service, and ensure a cleaner environment for everyone,” said FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff.
In Fiscal Year 2010, the FTA will provide $10.4 billion in federal funding for transit to states and local communities across the U.S. The funds announced today are part of the FTA’s capital investment program that provides financial assistance for buses and bus facilities.