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ODOT invests $15 million in Next Generation
Clean and Green buses

COLUMBUS (Friday, December 3, 2010 - REVISED February 8, 2011) - Call it an early Christmas present: as part of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s $40 million pledge to assist Ohio’s transit agencies, ODOT is directing $15 million to the purchase this year of more than three dozen "Clean and Green" buses and transit vehicles across the state.

"The demand for greener transportation choices continues to rise, especially among Ohio’s next generation," said ODOT Director Jolene M. Molitoris. "In Ohio’s cities, nearly two-thirds of all bus trips are work-related, providing young people with access to education, first-time jobs, homes and a quality way of life."

In all, ODOT will help transit agencies purchase 38 new vehicles, including electric-diesel hybrid buses, cleaner ultra-low sulfur diesel vehicles, and buses that run on biodiesel or compressed natural gas.

In October, ODOT identified additional federal transportation dollars made available through significant project savings and supplementary federal resources. With those flexible federal funds, ODOT targeted $40 million to make immediate investments in transit.

Under this 21st Century Transit Partnerships for Ohio’s Next Generation, the new funding is helping to preserve existing transit services by providing $25 million in operational support and $15 million in clean and green new vehicles.

"Under Governor Strickland, ODOT has identified new ways to invest in transportation choice," added Director Molitoris. "This critical investment will not only allow the state to help preserve services - so buses can continue to arrive on time and help people get to work and school - our investment in new vehicles will improve fuel efficiencies and reduce maintenance costs, so our transit agencies don’t have to spend so much on gas and repair costs."

Clean and Green Vehicles for Ohio’s Transit System

SFY 2011 Allocation

Transit System

Allocation

Vehicles

Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (Cincinnati)

$3,868,800

6

Metro Akron Regional Transit Authority

$3,066,000

7

Central Ohio Transit Authority (Columbus)

$2,460,200

7

Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority

$2,800,000

7

Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority

$1,200,000

2

Stark Area Regional Transit Authority

$710,000

2

Western Reserve Regional Transit Authority (Youngstown)

$600,000

3

Richland County Transit

$225,000

3

Washington County/Community Action Bus Lines

$70,000

1

GRAND TOTAL

$15,000,000

38


 For more information contact: Scott Varner, ODOT Central Office Communications, at 614-644-8640