AC Transit will receive about $26 million through the federal Department of Transportation, according to U.S. Rep. George Miller's office.

The money is part of the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act approved earlier this year. It will be used for preventive maintenance to AC Transit's 643 buses and facilities over a five-month period.

The money will also fund paratransit service for about 81,000 passengers. Paratransit serves those with disabilities or health conditions that prevent them from using other buses or BART trains.

AC Transit serves 13 cities and nearby unincorporated areas in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, from El Sobrante to the north to Fremont to the south and Castro Valley to the east.

Reach Shelly Meron at 510-243-3578 or smeron@bayareanewsgroup.com.