New buses join new funding for Grays Harbor Transit
Grays Harbor Transit will be getting 2 new vehicles thanks to a grant from WSDOT.
More than $5 million in newly awarded federal grants for new buses and improvements are coming to 18 public transportation providers in Washington.
The Washington State Department of Transportation announced the Federal Transit Administration grant recipients this week, including Grays Harbor Transit, that will receive funding to purchase or refurbish buses, equipment or transit facilities.
Grays Harbor will receive $384,000 for a new 35 foot coach and a medium-duty bus.
These grants leverage $3.5 million in matching funds from local transit agencies.
This is WSDOT’s first opportunity to award grant funding from FTA’s new Bus and Bus Facilities Program.
The program divided $65.5 million among the 50 states, with a requirement of 20% matching funds.
Starting in June, GH Transit will begin to receive new funding from local taxes.
In April, local taxes increased by one-tenth of one percent to help pay for transportation.
In July of last year, GH Transit voted to end weekend service following a decrease in state funding, putting the resolution onto the November ballot. In November, the resolution passed by over 70%.
Funding is not expected to be available until this summer. It is not known how many employees will return following a renewal in weekend service.