Westchester, NY — Westchester Congress Members Eliot Engel (NY-16), Nita Lowey (NY-17), and Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced today that Westchester County has been awarded a $3.6 million federal grant from the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration for new vehicles under the Bus and Bus Facilities Competitive Grant Program.
The Bus & Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program (49 U.S.C. 5339) makes federal resources available to states and direct recipients to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment.
“This federal money will help repair and replace aging buses that are currently on the roads of Westchester County,” said Congressman Eliot Engel (NY-16). “The idea is to improve public service by helping to ensure that transit riders have access to the safest, most reliable and most efficient modes of transportation possible. I am pleased that these funds have been awarded to Westchester and I am confident that they will be put to good use.”
“Thousands of Westchester residents depend on a reliable public transportation system in their daily lives,” said Congresswoman Nita Lowey (NY-17). “This $3.6 million federal grant will enable the county to purchase new buses, ensuring that residents have continued access to safe and efficient public transportation. As the Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, which oversees federal funding allocations, I will continue to make sure that the Lower Hudson Valley has the resources to serve residents, support economic growth, and prosper.”
“I hear how valuable the Bee-Line service is from folks in Westchester all the time, so I’m glad we could secure this federal investment to put even more buses on the street,” said Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18). “Buses in Westchester serve millions of people every year, and give residents more choices on how to get around – investing in systems that are already popular and working well is common sense.”
“I applaud our federal delegation for working hard to get Westchester County this much needed money to replace our aging bus fleet. It is imperative that Westchester County residents have safe and reliable busses that they can depend on to get them to work, school and around the County,” said Westchester County Executive George Latimer.