Bus

FTA announces $175M available in ‘Livability’ grants

Posted on June 16, 2011

On Thursday, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the availability of up to $175 million in livability grants to help urban, suburban and rural communities develop transit options to better connect people to where they live, work and play.

Local transit agencies will be able to compete for livability dollars. The competitive grant program will begin accepting applications when announced in the Federal Register during the week of June 20.

The announcement comes on the second anniversary of the creation of the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities. Livability grants are aimed at assuring that transportation and housing decisions are made jointly and recognize the unique character of each community.

“Coordinated transportation and housing planning can make the best use of scarce federal dollars and can help create jobs, lower transportation costs and reduce our dependence on oil,” said Secretary LaHood. “Communities where people have access to affordable housing and different forms of transportation to get to places that are important to them are communities where people want to live.”

The Partnership for Sustainable Communities is a collaborative effort among the U.S. Department of Transportation, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Environmental Protection Agency to help American families gain better access to affordable housing, better transportation options and lower transportation costs.

“In addition to the need for affordable housing, the Obama Administration recognizes the necessity for safe, convenient and affordable transportation,” said Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff. “We’re helping to better connect communities and create reliable transit choices so that people can make it home from work in time to sit down to dinner with their families or help their kids with homework. That means a higher quality of life for all Americans and a more efficient and more usable transportation network for moving people and goods.”

Up to $150 million of the livability funding being announced comes from the Bus and Bus Facilities Program, which provides money to purchase or replace buses and to build bus-related facilities. The remaining funds come from the Alternatives Analysis Program, which provides money to help communities evaluate and select the best transit options to meet their transportation needs. The money can be spent on a broad range of projects within those two categories.

FTA’s Alternatives Analysis grant program is the first key milestone in obtaining federal investments in new capital transit projects. The alternatives analysis is complete once a locally preferred alternative is selected and adopted as part of the affected region’s long-range transportation plan.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Proterra bus sets world record, drives 1K-plus miles on single charge

The 40-foot Catalyst E2 max traveled 1,101.2 miles this month with 660 kWh of energy storage capacity at the Navistar Proving Grounds in New Carlisle, Ind.

S.C.'s The COMET adds 31 new vehicles

The COMET has a total of 50 fixed-route vehicles and all but eight will have been replaced within the last three years.

New Flyer of America breaks ground on $25M Ala. facility revamp

The 36-acre, five-building campus will feature a new Vehicle Innovation Center dedicated to the advancement of bus and coach technology.

Proterra secures 3-year lease program with NY MTA

The lease program aims to evaluate the combined economic, environmental and performance benefits of deploying an all-electric bus fleet.

Innovation, clean fleets honored at BusCon 2017

METRO Magazine honored bus operations and their supplier partners for initiatives that helped them improve training, save money, run more efficiently, streamline operations, or improve safety, while PERC honored three operators for championing propane autogas.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close