WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (GDRTA) has received a federal grant to replace decommissioned transit vehicles with four modern, energy efficient hybrid buses with the support of federal resources.
“These new buses will reduce fuel costs, while improving mass transit to meet the needs of those in the Dayton area,” said Brown. “By replacing old buses with new hybrid buses, the Greater Dayton RTA will reduce energy costs and emissions.”
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration provided $2,076,836 in State of Good Repair resources.
The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority operates 29 routes throughout the greater Dayton region and was awarded the Achievement of Excellence award from the Federal Transit Administration for perfect results on its 2010 Triennial Review.
There are 59 transit systems in Ohio – a fleet that employs more than 5,200 workers. More than 4,200 of Ohioans work in operational positions in transit systems that serve more than 200,000 people. According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, Ohio is 12th in the nation for public transit ridership.
Brown has been a longtime advocate of public transportation. In March 2010, Brown joined Ohio transit workers from across the state to outline legislation that would save transit jobs, prevent fare increases, and preserve mass transit service. His legislation would give transit agencies increased flexibility to use federal funds for operating assistance as well as capital investments helping to prevent layoffs and preserve access to affordable transit service.