The U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced that the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is receiving an $11.9 million Bus & Bus Facilities discretionary grant. With this grant, the JTA will take eight diesel buses that have met FTA’s Useful Life standards out of service, and replace them with eight new CNG buses.
Not only does this assist in JTA’s bus replacement schedule, but it directly supports JTA’s sustainability effort by eliminating diesel buses that emit higher CO2 emissions, and replacing with cleaner NGVs. The new buses are also part of a larger project that proposes to rehabilitate and upgrade some of the most pressing state of good repair needs at the JTA’s Myrtle Avenue Operations Campus.
“Our congressional delegation fought hard on behalf of the JTA in seeking this grant funding,” said JTA CEO Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. “Thank you to Congressman John Rutherford, Congressman Al Lawson, Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Rick Scott, FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams and U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for your continued investment in Jacksonville and the JTA.”
These replacement and rehabilitating projects will improve service reliability, enhance access and mobility for customers, and supports the JTA’s initiative of a safe, reliable and sustainable infrastructure for their employees.