Levin, Stabenow Announce $4 Million for Environmentally-Friendly Public Transportation System in Traverse City
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced that the spending bill that Congress approved yesterday includes $4 million for the Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA) to be used to upgrade the public transportation system in Traverse City. The new system would replace the current diesel engine fleet with a fleet of hybrid electric buses that are environmentally-friendly and energy efficient.
"The Grand Traverse area has often been a leader in implementing 'green' technologies, which are good for the environment and good for the health and safety of people in the community," Levin said. "This bus system will meet the transportation needs of the residents and tourists in the area while protecting the air and environment of the Traverse City area. Additionally, hybrid electric vehicles help to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, a goal which will enhance both our national security and our economic security."
"This funding allows BATA to honor its long-standing commitment to the community to make its bus fleet more environmentally-friendly," Stabenow said. "This improved fleet is an important step for the region, and I am pleased to have been able to help obtain this funding."