Flint and Detroit get $13M from feds for transit upgrades

    Flint | Susan J. Demas

    Michigan will see almost $13 million in federal grants for transit upgrades in Detroit and Flint. 

    The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on Monday announced a total of $423 million in transit infrastructure grants. Of that, $12.8 million will go to Michigan projects, according to a news release. 

    Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist | Casey Hull

    Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist made the announcement at Detroit Metro Airport this afternoon.

    The city of Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) will see $8.5 million for the purchase of new fareboxes “to modernize its fare collection system.” Meanwhile, the Flint Mass Transportation Authority (MTA) will receive $4.3 million for the purchase of new propane and CNG commuter buses to replace aging diesel buses. 

    The FTA said the “new buses will allow MTA to improve safety, efficiency and service reliability, especially on MTA’s peak hour and regional routes that transport passengers to work and school.”

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    “More people travel by bus than any other form of public transportation,” FTA acting Administrator K. Jane Williams, said in a statement. “This Administration is committed to rebuilding our nation’s transportation infrastructure and helping to improve bus service nationwide.”

    Nick Manes
    Nick Manes covers West Michigan, business and labor, health care and the safety net. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and all manner of public policy at the local and state levels. His byline also has appeared in Route Fifty and The Daily Beast. When not reporting around the state or furiously tweeting, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, Krista, biking around his hometown of Grand Rapids and torturing himself rooting for the Detroit Lions.