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AC Transit gets $5.4 million to upgrade bus maintenance

By dcuff
Monday, October 4th, 2010 at 4:08 pm in Uncategorized.

AC Transit has landed a $5.4 million federal grant to upgrade its system for tracking and planning bus maintenance. The money, AC Transit officials said, will help make bus service more reliable and save the district money.

The competitive grant, announced today, is from the Federal Transit Administration’s state of  good repair program, a new initiative to reduce  the maintenance backlog at public transit systems.

 AC Transit officials said the grant will be used to upgrade the district’s software to track bus maintenance needs, and develop “state of the art” processes for maintaining the district’s 600 buses.

 

“This is extremely good news for our agency and could not have come at a more opportune time for us, given our current financial challenges,’’ said AC Transit Interim General Manager Mary King. 

Among others in the Bay Area to get a share of the $776 million in grants announced Monday, San Francisco Muni will get $35 million to develop a bus maintenance facility on Cesar Chavez Street in San Francisco, and another $8.8 million to track the condition of its bus fleet and equipment.

 The Golden Gate Bridge District will get $1.6 million to improve bus shelters in Marin County, according to the federal announcement. 

 

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One Response to “AC Transit gets $5.4 million to upgrade bus maintenance”

  1. Kim Fogel Says:

    What good do these new buses do? In a week, the El Sobrante area will be effectively cut off from BART with no way to get to Orinda or Richmond stations. I don’t see budget cuts or labor unions as an excuse when it’s their own bad planning. They keep giving Transbay riders service that could be obtained on BART, while we lose our only connection to the rest of our county. Also, they are still running for re-election, meaning they see nothing wrong with reaping more of our tax dollars while giving us nothing in return.

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