WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Metro Regional Transit Authority (MRTA) will receive new federal resources to expand and improve public transportation options in Summit County. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced today that a competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) FY 2011 Alternatives Analysis Program was awarded to MRTA, which will be used to expand transportation choices, improve transit connections, and provide job access between three districts of the city: Merriman Valley, downtown Akron, and south Akron.

“Ohioans who live, work, and do business in the Summit County area deserve a reliable and affordable public transportation system,” Brown said. “At a time of high gas prices, this grant will produce long-term energy savings while improving the reliability of MRTA.”

MRTA will receive $270,000 to complete these projects.