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.