WASHINGTON - Representatives James P. McGovern (MA-02) and Lori Trahan (MA-03) along with United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), today announced that the Montachusett Regional Transit Authority (MART) will receive $4.5 million in competitive grant funding through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program. This federal grant will support MART as it makes capital improvements to its buses and bus-related facilities.
"Everyone in Massachusetts deserves to have access to affordable and reliable public transportation," said Congressman McGovern. "That's why this grant is such incredible news for Northern Worcester County — it's not only going to save people time and money by upgrading our aging infrastructure, it's going to improve economic opportunity for countless families throughout our region."
"This federal funding to modernize MART's bus infrastructure is terrific news for commuters in Northern Worcester County," said Senator Warren. "Investing in projects like these-which will improve families' transit options and support our local economy-is a great example of how the federal government can be a strong partner for cities and towns across the Commonwealth."
"The Montachusett Regional Transit Authority is a critical transportation hub for North Worcester County residents, and this funding will keep buses, commuters, and our economy moving," said Senator Markey. "Modernizing bus infrastructure is a crucial part of strengthening our public transportation system, and I am committed to continuing to work with our state and local partners to help secure these kinds of smart investments."
"A reliable public transportation service is vital to our region's economic and social health. People rely on MART buses to get to their jobs, to school, and to go shopping. MART keeps our communities connected," said Congresswoman Trahan. "In Congress, I will continue to fight to bring this important funding back to our communities so that we can improve our public transportation systems."
DOT's Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program assists in the financing of buses and bus facilities capital projects, including replacing, rehabilitating, purchasing or leasing buses or related equipment, and rehabilitating, purchasing, constructing or leasing bus-related facilities.