GRTC Recieves Federal Grant
Senator Jim Webb has announced a $420,000 federal grant for the Greater Richmond Transit Company for the purchase of high capacity buses for the city. Craig Carper reports.
GRTC has been trying to purchase four high-capacity buses for express routes from the suburbs to downtown. The federal grant money will pay for GRTC to purchase one of these new 56-passenger coach buses, larger than the standard 37-passenger city bus. The vehicle can travel 184 passenger miles per gallon of fuel compared with standard automobiles that average 28 passenger miles per gallon.
Tammy Hawley is the spokeswoman for Mayor Dwight Jones.
Hawley: We welcome the opportunity to reduce congestion for commuters to help us with our carbon footprint in downtown by keeping more vehicles off the road with these high-capacity buses transporting the commuters to downtown Richmond. We’re always interested in all resources that will help GRTC enhance and improve its services.
The grant is awarded through the Federal Transit Administration’s Bus and Bus Livability Grant Program. Richmond is the only city in Virginia to receive revenue from this round of grants.
Craig Carper, WCVE News, Capitol Square