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City of Detroit getting $8.5M in federal grants to improve busing

Posted: 12:37 PM, Nov 25, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-25 17:20:03-05
New DDOT bus service will add 500 trips per week

(WXYZ) — The City of Detroit is getting an $8.5 million federal grant to help improve its bus infrastructure.

The announcement came Monday afternoon in Detroit with the Federal Transit Administration Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams.

According to the FTA, Michigan is getting $12.8 million in grants for busing infrastructure, and it's part of $423 million in grants nationwide for bus systems.

In Detroit, the money will be used for DDOT to buy new fareboxes and modernize the fare collection system.

It's expected the new boxes will reduce the frequency and cost of repairs, improve boarding times and keep on schedule, as well as expand payment options.

Another grant, $4.3 million to the Flint Mass Transportation Authority to purchase propane transit buses and CNG commuter buses to replace diesel buses that have exceeded their useful life.

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