Rep. Rodney Davis Announces Springfield Mass Transit District Awarded Federal Grant
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced that the Springfield Mass Transit District (SMTD) has been awarded a Department of Transportation grant to purchase new buses. Davis sent a letter in support of SMTD’s grant application last year and participated in a ride-along with SMTD last Congress where they discussed the importance of replacing its aging fleet.
Through the Buses and Bus Facilities grant, SMTD will receive more than $2.2 million to purchase new CNG buses to replace older buses that have exceeded their useful life. These funds will allow SMTD to purchase six new buses for its fleet.
“The Springfield Mass Transit District provides an invaluable service to residents of Springfield and Sangamon County, and I’m proud to see them receive these funds to replace older buses on its fleet,” said Davis. “These new vehicles will allow the transit district to continue to provide the important services that the local residents can rely on.”
“The six new Compressed Natural Gas busses are welcome replacements for Sangamon Mass Transit District’s fleet. These addition busses will replace five buses from 2000 and one bus from 2005 which will bring our fleet up to date,” said Frank Squire, SMTD managing director. “We appreciate and thank Congressman Davis for all the hard work he does promoting transit funding for projects like this.”
The Bus & Bus Facilities grant program provides federal resources to states and transit authorities to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities including technological changes or innovations to modify low or no emission vehicles or facilities. The funding for these grants is provided through formula allocations and competitive grants