Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that $2,400,000 in federal funding was awarded to Rockland County through the Department of Transportation Bus Livability Program. Rockland County will use this funding to improve boarding by installing new fare boxes and enable the County to enhance customer service and operations that will benefit commuters and residents who utilize Transport of Rockland (TOR) and TAPPAN ZEExpress (TZx) bus services.
“With new fare boxes, the faster you get on the bus, the faster you’ll get off,” said Schumer. “By installing new fare boxes, commuters will see reduced delays, and they’ll reap the benefits of the latest technology. And the best part is this is only the first step in a series of upgrades Rockland is making to bring residents state of the art, more efficient fleets.”
“This is an important investment for Rockland County’s public transit,” Senator Gillibrand said. “A bus fleet with updated fare technology will help keep buses moving on time, connect commuters and businesses faster, and help keep our economy on the move.”
Improving and maintaining America’s buses and bus facilities in a good physical condition so that they can successfully accomplish their performance objectives is a key strategic goal of DOT and FTA. The Bus Livability Program makes funds available to public transportation providers to finance capital projects to replace, rehabilitate, and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities, including programs of bus and bus-related projects for assistance to sub recipients that are public agencies, private companies engaged in public transportation, or private non-profit organizations.