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ODOT and Ohio EPA awarded grants to replace aging bus fleet, US [free access]

February 7, 2020

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Ohio Environmental Production Agency (EPA) have awarded seven transit agencies grants amounting to USD7 million through the Ohio Diesel Emissions Reduction Grant (DERG) Program. 

 

The grants will be used to replace 29 aging diesel buses with nine electric buses, 11 CNG buses and nine diesel buses.

 

Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) in Franklin County secured USD1,439,496 to cover 16 per cent of the cost incurred to replace nine aging diesel buses with nine new electric buses.

 

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) in Cuyahoga County secured USD1,644,131 to cover 67 per cent of the cost incurred to replace five diesel buses with five new CNG buses.

 

Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (GDRTA) in Montgomery County secured USD766,899 to cover 80 per cent of the cost incurred to replace two model year 2008 diesel-powered buses with two new diesel-powered buses.

 

Lake Transit Authority (LAKETRAN) in Lake County secured USD411,828 to cover 80 per cent of the cost incurred to replace one diesel bus with one new diesel bus.

 

Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority (PARTA) in Portage County secured USD703,038 to cover 70 per cent of the cost incurred to replace two diesel buses with two new diesel buses.

 

Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) in Hamilton County secured USD1,269,893 to cover 60 per cent of the cost incurred to replace four diesel buses with four new diesel buses.

 

Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) in Stark County secured USD758,035 to cover 80 per cent of the cost incurred to replace six diesel-powered buses with six new CNG buses.

 

The DERG program is administered by the Ohio EPA and ODOT. The program is funded by the Federal Highway Administration’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) programme.