September 30, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $10 Million To Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority For Hybrid Buses In Buffalo

Schumer, Gillibrand: It is Critical That We Invest in Environmentally Friendly Transportation to Reduce Both Pollution and our Reliance on Foreign Fossil Fuel

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that a $10,315,033 U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) grant has been allocated to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.  The grant will be used to purchase hybrid buses in Buffalo to improve the city's public transit and reduce its environmental impact.

"This is an opportunity to save bus riders money, and help the environment all at the same time," Schumer said.  "Fuel efficient, hybrid buses will keep fares affordable for commuters and passengers and reduce harmful fuel emissions to reduce our reliance on foreign fossil fuels."

"This is a great investment for Western New York," Senator Gillibrand said. "Investing in hybrid buses will help get more cars off the road, cut emissions and improve the environment, while supporting job creation and helping to rebuild our economy. I will continue working with Senator Schumer and the entire Congressional Delegation to make sure New York gets its fair share from the federal government."

NFTA Metro currently carries about 94,000 people a day and operates a fleet of over 330 busses.  The NFTA estimates a 25% to 30% reduction in fuel based on the efficiencies of the hybrid. Savings are also realized from decreased maintenance costs associated with the new hybrid buses.

The Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration awards capital investment grants for bus and bus related facilities.  This program finances the acquisition of buses, ancillary equipment, and the construction of bus facilities, like maintenance facilities, garages, storage areas and bus terminals. The funding appropriated for the bus capital program is fully allocated to projects designated by Congress.