Contact: Sonja Gross
Phone: (806) 356-3256
Date: Dec. 20, 2019
AMARILLO – Rural transit riders across the state will see several upgrades as the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is set to receive millions in federal funding this month.
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded TxDOT $14 million through its Buses and Bus Facilities Program. In total, the FTA awarded $423 million across the nation.
This money will help transit riders in rural areas of our state by providing new buses and improving facilities. Combined with currently available federal and state money, it will replace more than 250 worn rural transit vehicles and help replace and improve outdated rural transit facilities.
Locally, these federal dollars will help Panhandle Community Services (PCS) construct a transit facility that would be used for preventive maintenance, regional training, and some administrative services. A feasibility study determined transitioning to in-house maintenance would lead to a significant reduction in labor expenses. The project is currently in the preliminary design and environmental phase.
Other projects awarded FTA funds will be in the areas of Livingston, San Angelo, Alice, Crowell, Terrell and El Paso County.
TxDOT provides support to transit programs serving 41% of the state’s population and over 97% of the state’s land area.
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