Washington D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced today that the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (GDRTA) will receive $950,000 in federal funds to purchase two buses in Dayton. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT).
"GDRTA is critical to Dayton's economic and manufacturing development," Brown said. "Dayton is home to one of the greenest full-service transit centers in the region. Dayton residents are setting the pace and these funds help ensure they have the resources to keep residents in the Miami Valley moving forward."
GDRTA is Ohio's fourth-largest public transit system and serves both Montgomery County and parts of Greene County.
"The Electric Hybrid buses being funded through this grant are a welcome addition to RTA's fleet, helping secure our position at the greenest transit fleet in Ohio. We appreciate Senator Brown's commitment to a greener Dayton Region and better public transportation as a mechanism to assist our community in achieving that goal," said GDRTA Executive Director Mark Donaghy.
A recent Policy Matters Ohio report concluded that public transit investments could drive demand for transit-related manufactured goods in Ohio. Because of Ohio's industrial base, the state could benefit from long term investments in transportation, according to the report.
Brown is working to improve Ohio's transportation infrastructure and recently sponsored the Livable Communities Act of 2010 would improve the coordination between housing, community development, transportation, energy, and environmental policies to help create better places to live, work and raise families. A version of Brown's Community Regeneration, Sustainability, and Innovation Act, which he first introduced in 2009, was included as an amendment to the Livable Communities Act of 2010.
The bill would promote sustainable development and enable communities to cut traffic congestion; reduce greenhouse gas emissions and oil consumption; protect farmland and green spaces; revitalize existing Main Streets and urban centers; spur economic development; and create more affordable housing. Click here for a summary of the legislation.