Brown Announces Nearly $3 Million to Help GDRTA Update Bus System, Better Serve Dayton Customers

Greater Dayton RTA 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Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $2,971,592 to Greater Dayton Regional Transit (GDRTA) to replace eight outdated buses with new, clean diesel replacement buses.  

“Miami Valley riders rely on the Greater Dayton RTA to get to work or school and then back home again,” said Brown. “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.”    

Brown helped secure a $5.7 million investment for GDRTA in September of 2018. The federal investment helped GDRTA purchase five new “NexGen” buses, which improved service for riders, cut down on costs, and modernized the bus fleet. The funding for the initial GDRTA investment was made possible by the DOT’s Buses and Bus Facilities competitive grant program, which Brown secured in a transportation infrastructure bill signed into law in 2015.

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DOT’s Federal Transit Administration – has championed federal investment to modernize bus facilities and replace outdated buses.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 April of 2018, Brown announced $2.3 million for GDRTA to help modernize its diesel bus fleet.