WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that $2,334,492 was awarded to the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) to help the fleet meet National Ambient Air Quality Standards. The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration’s Clean Fuels Bus and Bus Facilities Program funds were awarded through a competitive project selection process.

 “This is a boost for Greater Cincinnatians who rely on public transportation to get to school and work,” Brown said. “These funds will also help one of Ohio’s busiest public transportation fleets meet clean fuel standards and reduce smog.”

There are 59 transit systems in Ohio - a fleet that employs more than 5,200 workers. More than 4,200 of these Ohioans work in operational positions in transit systems that serve more than 200,000 people. Ohio is 12th in the nation for public transit ridership.

Brown has been a longtime advocate of public transportation. In March 2010, he 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.