Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Announces Federal Funding for New Buses for Miami-Dade County Transit

Jul 22, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after Miami-Dade County was awarded a $2.35 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation under the Low-Emission or No-Emission Vehicle Program for the purchase of electric buses. Diaz-Balart serves as the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, and is the most recent South Floridian to hold that powerful post since former Congressman Bill Lehman, who served until 1993.

"I am pleased to announce that Miami-Dade County was awarded $2.35 million for the purchase of electric busses and to modernize the County's bus fleet.  As Chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, I worked to ensure that funding for this program was included in the omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year 2016.  This award will help modernize the County's bus fleet, while using more efficient energy sources.  As a senior member of the influential Appropriations Committee, I'm committed to working with Miami-Dade leadership so that together, we can better position our community to compete for vital and much needed transportation dollars.  South Floridians are all too familiar with the traffic congestion problems our community faces, and I am glad to have supported a grant program that will help alleviate some of the congestion. 

"I commend Mayor Gimenez, Transportation Chairman Bovo, and Transit Director Bravo for working towards innovative transportations solutions, and I look forward to continuing working with them.”