Barletta Announces Federal Grant For Luzerne County Transportation Authority
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) announced that the Luzerne County Transportation Authority (LCTA) will receive a total of $1,700,000 through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program.
In July 2017, Barletta sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao advocating on behalf of LCTA’s application to receive this funding.
“As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I understand the critical need to invest in Pennsylvania’s transportation systems,” Barletta said. “This funding will help LCTA purchase new, energy efficient buses that will reduce fuel costs while providing a much-needed public transportation service to residents throughout Luzerne County.”
The LCTA, which currently operates in 31 municipalities, applied for this funding in order to purchase four compressed natural gas buses to accommodate expanded routes and the experienced increase and further expected rise in passenger volume. These new, 35 foot buses will significantly improve transit services operated by LCTA by replacing old buses that are in poor condition, have exceeded their usefulness, and no longer meet safety standards.
“LCTA would like to thank Congressman Barletta for his support and assistance throughout the grant application process. This 1.7 million dollar grant will help us replace four vehicles from our aging fleet with newer, environmentally-friendly buses, and allow for future savings by offering better fuel efficiency, higher performance, and reduced maintenance costs.”
The Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program makes federal resources available to states to replace, fix, and purchase buses, as well as to construct, rehabilitate, and purchase bus-related facilities.