Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) announced today that the San Mateo County Transit District was awarded $4.9 million to purchase its first fleet of energy efficient passenger vehicles. The grant comes under the Federal Transit Authority's Bus and Bus Facilities Initiative. Earlier this year, Rep. Eshoo wrote the Federal Transit Administration requesting consideration of the project for the award.
"After 15 years of solid service for community riders, this award will go a long way toward keeping the SamTrans bus system a viable transportation option," Rep. Eshoo said. "With these new energy efficient buses, we will have a 21st century fleet that reduces harmful greenhouse gas emissions, keeps costs down, and helps grow our local economy."
The grant will advance the purchase of a new fleet of energy efficient replacement buses. SamTrans estimates that this project will create or retain manufacturing jobs in the area and will contribute more money to local workers through payment of wages. This project is also part of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's 2035 Regional Transportation Program and is included in the Regional Transit Capital Inventory, a regional state of good repair database for transit operators in the San Francisco Bay Area.