The Federal Transit Administration this week announced a grant award of $13.9 million to Lee County Transit for the purchase of 24 hybrid buses.
The grant came from the FTA's discretionary transit capital improvement program, called "State of Good Repair." LeeTran's award was among $928.5 million in grants to 300 public transportation projects across the country. The grant selection process was highly competitive; FTA reviewed 839 project applications representing $4.9 billion in funding requests.
It was the largest sum awarded to any Florida transit agency in this grant cycle, and the single largest grant that LeeTran has ever received.
"Federal stimulus money helped us make progress in updating our fleet, but we still have 24 vehicles that have exceeded the guidelines that define their 'useful life'," explained Transit Director Steve Myers. " Many of these vehicles have been in service for almost 1 million miles each, and their diesel engines don't meet current EPA emissions standards."
Myers and LeeTran staff will immediately formulate a purchasing plan and expect delivery approximately 12 months after the orders are placed.
-- submitted by Joann Haley