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Toomey Announces $2 Million DoT Grant to Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority

November 20, 2019
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Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) announced today that the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority has been awarded a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) to upgrade the city's public transportation system.

The awarded funds will be used to expand transportation to popular locations, upgrade the aging bus fleet, and improve mobility options for urban and rural areas. Senator Toomey wrote in support of the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority receiving this award in June.

"Updating and expanding public transportation in Erie is a laudable goal that will make travel in the city easier. The funds awarded by DoT will certainly help in these efforts," said Senator Toomey. "I was pleased to support Erie's application to DoT and look forward to reviewing the progress of this important project."

"The staff at EMTA would like to thank all federal, state, and local officials for their tremendous support to obtain this grant," said Jeremy Peterson, CEO of Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority. "The grant funds will enable EMTA to acquire additional CNG buses as we continue to grow and always provide safe, convenient, and reliable transportation to the Erie community."

You may view Senator Toomey's letter of support to DoT - which includes additional details regarding the grant funding - below.

June 10, 2019

Mr. Mark G. Bathrick
Office of Program Management
Federal Transit Administration
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20590

Dear Mr. Bathrick:

I am writing to express my support for the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority's (EMTA) application for the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) FY 2019 Bus and Bus Facilities Program.

It is my understanding that EMTA is currently taking proactive energy-efficient steps while completing Phase II of the new state-of-the-art Joint Operations Facility. Numerous energy-saving elements have been incorporated into the facility, including the ability to both service and fuel the new CNG buses on-site. These new CNG buses will greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as improve air quality for the residents of the city and county of Erie.

Once again, I am pleased to provide this letter of support for the aforementioned grant application, and I respectfully ask that you give EMTA's application all due consideration.