Brown Announces More Than $600,000 for Facility Upgrades at Western Reserve Transit Authority

Western Reserve Transit Authority Awarded Funding through Competitive Bus Grant Program Brown Secured in Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $600,104 to Western Reserve Transit Authority (WRTA) to upgrade maintenance bays in the facility where buses are repaired. Brown wrote to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in support of the investment and helped secure the funds as part of a transportation package that was signed into law this year.

“Mahoning Valley riders rely on Wester Reserve Transit Authority to get to work or school and then back home again,” said Brown. “This investment will help improve the local bus system for these riders and help WRTA deliver more reliable service for Youngstown.”

Brown – who serves as the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, which oversees DOT’s Federal Transit Administration – has championed federal investment to modernize bus facilities and replace outdated buses. 

In December 2018, at Brown’s and Rep. Tim Ryan’s (D-OH-13) urging, DOT awarded  $10,853,192 to the Eastgate Regional Council of Government for Youngstown’s SMART2 Corridor project to redevelop critical transportation infrastructure with a new multi-modal network in Youngstown’s downtown and central business district. The investment went toward the purchase of transit shuttles and systems, pedestrian and bicycle facilities and energy efficient technology upgrades to help provide reliable transportation between Youngstown State University, Mercy Health Hospital, the Youngstown Business Incubator, and Eastern Gateway Community College.