FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
8 September 2016
FARR SECURES $8 MILLION FOR MST
WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Sam Farr (D-Calif.) announced that Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) received two federal grants totaling $7,967,612 from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The funds will be used to construct a maintenance facility in King City, purchase new full-size buses for long distance routes and for employee training.
“Public transportation provides a vital link for many on the Central Coast,” said Rep. Farr. “Investing in public transportation serves area residents and boosts travel and tourism while reducing our carbon footprint. I’m very pleased to work with the U.S. Department of Transportation to deliver federal funding for MST and I look forward to continuing to advocate for improving public transit.”
“MST is excited to have the support of Congressman Farr to help us receive much needed federal funds to update our rapidly aging fleet by replacing buses on popular regional routes and funding the construction of a new bus maintenance and operations facility in King City. These funds are critical in helping MST in our efforts to provide safe, convenient, and affordable public transit throughout the Monterey Bay region,” MST General Manger/CEO, Carl Sedoryk said.
The funding to build a new facility in King City will expand MST’s services in southern Monterey County and reduce the need to have empty buses travel from Monterey and Salinas, which will improve overall bus maintenance and reduce operating costs. The grants will also allow MST to purchase nine new full-size buses to replace older buses that are either 12 years old or have 500,000 miles. Lastly, the award includes funding for workforce development training through the National Transit Institute, as well as the Southern California Regional Transit Training Consortium.
Rep. Farr sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation in May 2016 in support of MST’s grant application.
MST provides transit bus service to an area that stretches more than 150 miles; a distance comparable to that between Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia. In 2015, MST provided more than 4 million passenger boardings.