Diaz-Balart Announces $3.6 Million Grant for New Buses in Miami-Dade County
MIAMI – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a $3.6 million Competitive Bus and Bus facilities grant for fiscal year 2017 to Miami-Dade County. Diaz-Balart is Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, which funds this grant program for state and local governments under DOT.
“I am proud to announce that Miami-Dade County will receive $3.6 million in federal grant money to help grow their bus transit system. These funds will be used to purchase new buses, allowing the County to expand its system and replace outdated buses. As Transportation Appropriations Chairman, I am grateful the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded this grant to help the County upgrade its aging vehicle fleet. I look forward to seeing how the implementation of these new buses impacts the community, and remain committed to helping County leaders address local transit deficiencies.”
In the recently passed funding bill, Diaz-Balart increased this grant program to $400 million, allowing Miami-Dade County and other localities to compete for additional federal dollars in fiscal year 2018.