The Bay Area on Monday won $40 million in highly-competitive federal funds for public transit, helping pay for new hybrid buses, fare systems and real-time departure signs.
The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $787 million to 255 projects around the country after receiving $4 billion worth of applications as part of its annual "state of good repair" and "bus livability" programs for infrastructure.
Bay Area transit agencies had applied for nearly $130 million. Most of the money they received will help buy new hybrid buses to replace traditional diesel fleets, including $3.8 million for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, nearly $5 million for SamTrans and $21.4 million for San Francisco Muni.
In addition, AC Transit got $7.5 million to buy new bus fareboxes while BART received $3.2 million to put signs at stations showing real-time departure and arrival times.
"From San Jose to Oakland, these funds go a long way to put more comfortable, efficient, clean-fuel vehicles on the road to meet rising demand for service," Deputy Federal Transit Administrator Therese McMillan said in a statement following a press conference in San Francisco. California got $126 million for 25 projects.
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