Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray in Fall River today announced that the Southeastern Regional Transit Authority (SRTA) will receive 10 new, energy efficient buses to serve public transit customers in the Fall River and New Bedford area. The Lieutenant Governor also announced that American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) federal stimulus funds along with other federal transit funds will allow the SRTA to purchase 10 new demand response vehicles that provide transportation to riders unable to use regular bus routes, along with upgrades to the transit authority's maintenance facilities.
The $3.1 million purchase of 10 new buses, nine funded by a Federal Transit Administration capital grant with state match and one paid for with federal stimulus ARRA funds replaces buses purchased 19 years ago that are beyond their useful service life. The new diesel technology allows the buses to emit 90% fewer exhaust emissions.
In addition, $700,000 in federal stimulus ARRA funds will purchase six of the Demand Response Vehicles to accommodate riders with disabilities who are unable to use regular bus services, along with maintenance facilities upgrades that include replacement of 30-year old HVAC systems at facilities in Fall River and New Bedford, and OperationsControlCenter software improvements.
Visit the Patrick-Murray Administration's automatically-updated interactive web-based map to view the latest information about all American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) transportation projects.
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