Congressman Tim Ryan announced today that the METRO Regional Transit Authority of Akron has been named a recipient of the Department of Transportation Discretionary Grant. The grant of $1,494,000, will aid in the purchase of new vehicles for the METRO Regional Transit Authority.
"These are the kinds of investments we need for our cities,"said Congressman Ryan. "Transportation services are vital for seniors, for our workers, and our students--and this grant helps us in a way that is both practical and fuel efficient."
This discretionary grant was a part of the State of Good Repair Program issued by the Federal Transit Administration of the Department of Transportation. More than $826 million was set aside in grants to help modernize and repair the Nation's transit buses and facilities as well as to promote sustainable clean fuel practices. The program was created to assist President Obama's An America Built to Last campaign.
Over six million members of the community use METRO services yearly. This safe and convenient method of transportation helps the citizens of Summit County travel to school and work while also promoting local business. METRO also provides bus services to Canton and Cleveland. The grant funds will continue to aid the citizens of Summit County.