Congresswoman Lowey (D-NY) today announced that Rockland County will receive a Department of Transportation FY2012 Bus Livability Program grant of $2.4 million.
"I am proud to see that the Rockland County public transit system will benefit from these federal funds," said Rep. Lowey. "With increased congestion and rising fuel costs, public transit is an essential mode of transportation for local residents. The addition of ITS systems will not only enhance productivity but will help ensure quality transit service for Rockland."
"We are pleased to hear that Rockland County was awarded this Bus Livability Program grant, and we are grateful to the FTA for providing these vital funds," said Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef. "The funds will enable Rockland County to provide advanced technologies and equipment onboard our buses, which will improve and modernize service for our residents."
Rockland County Legislature Chairwoman Harriet Cornell expressed appreciation for the assistance of Congresswoman Lowey in attaining this sizable grant and said, "public transit in Rockland will be enormously enhanced by the addition of ITS equipment which will benefit the 3.5 million annual riders who use the TOR and TZx bus services. The first phase of the project will be to modernize the fare collection method enabling the ability to generate and store ridership data as well as a way to introduce new and better payment options. Later phases will allow internet-based, real-time information to passengers." Chairwoman Cornell went on to say that "these efficiencies will attract riders and lessen the number of single occupant vehicles on our roads."
The Bus Livability Program grants are highly competitive and are awarded to areas in order to best provide mobility choices, improve economic competitiveness, support existing communities, create partnerships and enhance the value of communities and neighborhoods. Rockland County will be able to use the funding to purchase ITS Equipment, which will greatly enhance the County's public transit system.