For Immediate Release
August 10, 2020
MST Selected To Receive U.S. Department of Transportation
Grant Funding To Replace Buses
MST was notified on August 6th that it was selected to receive a grant for $2,521,984 from the U.S. Department of Transportation, as part of the Buses and Bus Facilities Program (49 U.S.C.5339). The grant makes federal resources available to states and direct recipients to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment and construct bus-related facilities.
The useful life of a bus averages 12 years or 500,000 miles for full size buses, and 5 years or 150,000 miles for medium size buses. The MST service area extends roughly 1/5 the length of the State of California which equates to high mileage buses. MST has over 25 buses that are 15 years old or older, and of those, more than 10 are eligible for retirement.
MST CEO/General Manager, Carl Sedoryk stated, “These funds will help MST replace eight old gasoline and diesel buses that have exceeded their useful lives with eight new buses. The new buses will be less costly to operate, improve reliability, and provide greater fuel efficiency reducing greenhouse gas emissions and will assist our region in its goal of maintaining a robust transportation system that provides mobility, economic activity, and environmental quality for all.”
“I am proud to have secured this federal grant that will help assist our communities in playing their part in the fight against climate change and improve the quality of service for riders across Monterey County so that they can better depend on safe, quality transportation services,” said Congressman Panetta. “I will continue to work to provide needed resources to improve, expand, and make public transportation greener on the Central Coast.”
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