AC Transit Awarded $5.4 million For Fleet Maintenance
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today awarded AC Transit $5.4 million through the Obama Administration’s new State of Good Repair program, designed to improve the state of the nation’s transit systems.
AC Transit’s application was selected on a competitive basis. The funds were awarded to upgrade AC Transit’s maintenance software and to develop new state-of-the-art processes for maintaining its fleet of over 600 buses. The project will help AC Transit improve system-wide performance and reduce costs associated with maintaining its vehicles.
AC Transit’s application was supported by Senator Barbara Boxer and Representatives Barbara Lee and Pete Stark who continue to champion deploying resources for public transit.
“This is extremely good news for our agency and could not have come at a more opportune time for us, given our current financial challenges,” said AC Transit Interim General Manager Mary King. “Clearly this would not have happened if not for the diligent support and efforts of Senator Barbara Boxer and the rest of our Congressional delegation. They have served us and our passengers well.”
The funds were granted after applications by transit agencies from around the country were carefully scrutinized by FTA. The Obama Administration is keenly aware that the nation’s transit systems cannot effectively operate unless funds are made available to adequately maintain critical assets.