Diaz-Balart Scores Another Win for Southern Florida Transit
MIAMI – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, announced Miami-Dade County would receive an $11 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration’s Bus and Bus Facilities grant program. Diaz-Balart’s subcommittee funds this grant program and brought $400 million worth of new funding in his fiscal year 2018 bill.
“I am thrilled to announce yet another grant that will upgrade Miami-Dade County’s aging bus fleet. After delivering $3.6 million earlier this year to upgrade the County’s buses, this additional $11 million will further the County’s goal of modernizing their transit systems. Many buses in the current fleet are older and run on diesel, a costly and inefficient gas. Upgrading these buses to compressed natural gas (CNG) will allow the County’s fleet to be cleaner and become more energy efficient. I know the importance of these grants for localities, such as Miami-Dade, that seek to expand access to transit, and I am glad to have been able to allocate $400 million towards this program in my fiscal year 2018 bill. I thank Secretary Chao for her ongoing effort to invest in Southern Florida, and I look forward to continue working with her to modernize and expand our community’s transit systems.”