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SECRETARY PENA ANNOUNCES $28.6 MILLION IN FEDERAL AID FOR PENNSYLVANIA TRANSIT PROGRAMS

 WASHINGTON, July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Transit programs throughout Pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh's light rail system, got good news today when Secretary of Transportation Federico Pena announced that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) intends to award $28.6 million in federal grants to Pennsylvania transit programs and to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PENNDOT).
 The funds are part of 279 grants totaling $627.4 million in FTA assistance for public transit in 49 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.
 The largest Pennsylvania grant, for $14.8 million, will go to the Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAT) in Pittsburgh. PAT will use the funds to pay for improvements to the area's light rail system and the purchase of light rail vehicles. The grant will also support improvements to bring a key rail transit station into compliance with requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
 "This administration is committed to supporting our nation's public transit programs," Pena said. "Clean, safe and efficient public transportation is a lifeline that connects working men and women to meaningful job opportunities, brings customers to large and small businesses and provides access to those with special needs."
 The Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority will receive a grant of $3.6 million in operating and planning assistance and to support the lease of transit vehicle tires.
 Other major grants include one in the amount of $2.4 million to PENNDOT for the purchase of vehicles and communication equipment for programs serving the elderly and disabled. The Berks Area Reading Transportation Authority will receive $1.2 million in operating assistance. And a grant of $1.1 million to the Red Rose Transit Authority in Lancaster will consist of funds for operations, capital maintenance items, the lease of bus tires and an information center.
 The Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority will receive $1.6 million to purchase three lift-equipped replacement buses and for the rehabilitation and renovation of the program's administrative and maintenance facility.
 Other FTA grants will go to the following transit programs: Johnsonburg's Area Transportation Authority of North Central Pennsylvania -- $92,000; the Centre Area Transportation Authority in State College -- $24,000; and the Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority in Charleroi -- $636,133.
 Other operations receiving FTA assistance are the following: Williamsport Bureau of Transportation -- $347,184; the Borough of Pottstown -- $502,766; the Altoona Transportation and Motor Buses for Public Use Authority -- $473,176; the Cumberland-Dauphin-Harrisburg Transit Authority in Harrisburg -- $953,688; the Beaver County Transit Authority in Rochester -- $468,592; and the City of Sharon -- $199,066.
 The FTA is an agency of the Department of Transportation.
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 /CONTACT: Richard Centner of the U.S. Department of Transportation, 202-366-4043/


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