By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
The Federal Transit Authority will award $4.2 million in transit infrastructure funding to improve the safety and reliability of Laramie’s bus systems and enhance mobility for transit riders, U.S. Transportation Sec. Elaine Chao announced Tuesday.
According to a news release, the Wyoming Department of Transportation, on behalf of the University of Wyoming, will receive $4.2 million to construct a new maintenance and storage facility in Laramie. The new facility will replace an obsolete one that is more than 70-years-old, improve maintenance activities and ensure a good state of repair among UW transit services vehicles.
“This administration is committed to rebuilding our nation’s transportation infrastructure even through the current COVID-19 crisis, and this $464 million in federal grants will help improve the safety and reliability of transit bus service nationwide as the economy returns,” said Chao in the release.
Demand for FTA’s grants for buses and bus facilities program far exceeded available funds, as FTA received 282 applications totaling approximately $1.8 billion in funding requests from 51 states and territories.
“Millions of Americans rely on public transportation to access healthcare, jobs, and other vital services,” said FTA Deputy Administrator K. Jane Williams in the release. “During this unprecedented time, we need to ensure access and mobility for the riders who depend on our nation’s bus systems.”