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Murray Announces $2.47 Million to Make Pierce County Buses More Fuel-Efficient

Jul 08 2002

Federal grant will support purchase of new buses, vans

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced $2.47 million to replace high-milage diesel buses with compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles in Pierce County.

The funding, which Senator Murray secured for Pierce County in the fiscal year 2002 Transportation Spending bill, will allow the Pierce County Public Transportation Benefit Area Authority to purchase six buses, one compressor and nine vans that will significantly reduce emissions and congestion on roads throughout the county.

"I am proud to have secured funding to begin replacing some of our state's oldest buses with new, safer, more fuel-efficient vehicles," Senator Murray said. "These grants will not only help ease congestion, but they mean safer, cleaner running buses for Pierce County residents."

Pierce Transit was the first authority in the region to implement public transportation services using alternative-fueled vehicles. Over 60 percent of the county's bus fleet is powered by CNG.

Many of the buses in Washington state have been on the road for more than ten years. Replacing these vehicles with new models is critical to reducing emissions and pollutants and increasing safety.