The US Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is awarding the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County a $5.1-million grant to purchase new hybrid-electric buses and build a new fueling station. The improvements will enhance bus rapid transit service for the growing number of riders who are choosing to take public transportation along Virginia Street, one of the region’s busiest corridors.
Funding for up to 10 new hybrid electric buses that will boost service on Virginia Street and a fueling station that will be built at RTC’s maintenance and operations facility is provided through the Federal Transit Administration’s FY2011 State of Good Repair grant program.
The RAPID BRT offers a reliable, desirable alternative for residents heading to jobs on or near the downtown corridor, and students heading to the University of Nevada at Reno. There are many more good projects like this across the country that need funding, which is why Congress must pass a strong transportation bill to expand and preserve our transit systems for years to come.—FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff