Fifteen transit agencies across Tennessee will get a little help in replacing aging transit vehicles in the new year.
The Federal Transit Administration has awarded a $10 million “State of Good Repair” grant to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, making it one of only five state transportation departments to receive the grant statewide.
Nashville’s Metropolitan Transit Authority was one of the transit agencies in the state to submit a joint application with TDOT to the FTA aimed at replacing transit vehicles past their “useful life based on years in service or mileage,” according to a TDOT release.
Since the $10 million award is 16.5 percent of the amount needed to replace all the vehicles that have exceeded their useful life at participating agencies, TDOT is providing each agency with 16.5 percent of their original request.
Other agencies participating along with TDOT in the statewide application include: Memphis Area Transit Authority, Knoxville Area Transit, Johnson City Transit, Jackson Transit Authority, Murfreesboro Transit, Sevierville (Gatlinburg’s Fun Time Trolley), Mid-Cumberland Human Resource Agency, Southwest HRA, Southeast Tennessee HRA, Northwest HRA, Upper Cumberland HRA, South Central TN Development District, First TN HRA and East Tennessee HRA.
All of the agencies are members of the Tennessee Public Transportation Association, which includes large urban, small urban and rural transit agencies.
“This joint application reflects the good relationship among Tennessee’s transit agencies, as well as their strong alliance with TDOT,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “We are excited to assist in this effort and to help these agencies make upgrades that will benefit users in every region of the state.”