Murray Announces Over $1.4 million for Spokane Transportation

May 14 2002

Federal grant will support purchase of energy efficient buses

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced a federal grant of $1,471,643 for the Spokane Transit Authority (STA).

The funds, which Senator Murray secured for Spokane in her 2002 Transportation Spending bill, will support the purchase of three energy efficient, environmentally friendly buses for the Spokane area.

"I am proud to have secured funding to begin replacing Spokane's diesel buses with new, fuel efficient vehicles," Senator Murray said. "Environmentally friendly buses mean cleaner air and better health for Spokane area residents."

Many of the buses in Washington state have been on the road for over ten years. Replacing these vehicles with fuel-efficient designs like these three hybrid electric buses is critical to reducing emissions and pollutants. The U.S. Department of Transportation will release the Federal Transportation Administration grant on May 17, 2002.