Congressman Bill Shuster announced a $200,000 grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded to AMTRAN in Altoona to repower and refurbish three full-size transit buses that have reached the end of their useful life.
"This is great news for the residents of Altoona. Refurbishing these buses will allow riders to keep getting the great service they are accustomed to and save taxpayer dollars," said Shuster. "When money is tight, it's important to find ways to stretch budgets. Refurbishing these buses at a fraction of the cost of replacing them will save hundreds of thousands of dollars."
Under FTA's State of Good Repair grant program, AMTRAN officials plan to install remanufactured diesel engines and transmissions as well as to significantly refurbish the bodywork on three 2000-model year buses from their current fleet. The project will be competitively bid in the private sector.
"When buses pass the 12-year mark, maintenance costs rise and fuel economy drops," according to AMTRAN General Manager Eric Wolf. "These buses have almost half a million miles on them. It is costing us more and more in repairs to keep them on the road. This project will lower our day-to-day maintenance costs and will extend the life of these assets."