HART receives almost $9 million in grants | News
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor announced Wednesday Hillsborough Area Regional Transit will receive two grants totaling nearly $9 million to help support jobs in the community.
“The awarding of these competitive grants to HART is great news,” Castor said in a release. “Approximately $4 million will go toward replacing buses that run on diesel and vans that run on gas with compressed natural gas vehicles. These new vehicles will be good for our environment and will expand HART’s fleet, which is a welcome development for the thousands in our community who rely on public transportation to get to work.”
The $4 million grant comes from the Department of Transportation’s Bus Livability Program.
A second grant, $4.7 million from the Department of Transportation’s State of Good Repair Program, will help renovate the vehicle maintenance building.
HART's CEO Phillip Hale wrote the following letter to the HART Board of Directors regarding the grants:
"I am very pleased to announce that today we were notified that HART was awarded $8.7 million in competitive federal funding.
Approximately $4 million of U.S. Department of Transportation's Bus Livability Program funding will replace older diesel buses that have exceeded their useful life with new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered buses. These vehicles will be the first CNG-powered vehicles in the system. Our transition to CNG supports local sustainability initiatives, including the Hillsborough County Energy Management and Sustainability Work Group, which are encouraging the implementation of alternative transportation strategies that reduce dependence on petroleum and contribute to a healthier region.
Secondly, $4.7 million of funding from U.S Department of Transportation's State of Good Repair Program will be used as part of the ongoing upgrade and modernization initiative for the HART Maintenance Facility, 4305 E. 21st Ave., Tampa, which is over 40 years old.
HART coordinated closely with the local congressional delegation on the applications for these funds, and greatly appreciates their continued and dedicated support towards improving public transit in this community.
HART staff will continue to diligently pursue these types of competitive grants for capital projects that pay dividends to residents, businesses and most importantly, our customers. In addition, maintaining and improving our capital infrastructure is critical to the sustainability of this agency, and ensuring safe and reliable transit service that provides more than 14 million annual bus trips."