Sen. Brown Announces New Federal Resources To Improve Public Transportation In Columbus

Award from Department of Transportation’s Clean Fuels Grant Program Will Help Make Energy-Efficient Improvements to COTA Fleet

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) will receive new federal resources to improve public transportation service in central Ohio. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Clean Fuels Grant Program has awarded $1,023,000 to COTA to improve energy-efficiency and decrease emissions in central Ohio.

“COTA provides thousands of central Ohioans with affordable, reliable transportation options every day,” Brown said. “These resources will help COTA update their fleet of busses while improving energy efficiency.”

COTA will use the federal resources to secure a compressed natural gas (CNG) monitoring system to better regulate fueling at the McKinley Avenue Operations facility. Transitioning to CNG will allow COTA to rely more heavily on domestically-produced natural gas—decreasing emissions and improving energy efficiency.

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