Rep. Schrader Announces Substantial Federal Transit Administration Award for Salem-Keizer Transit
November 20, 2019
Contact: Larkin Parker, 202-225-5711
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) today announced a $1,054,240 Federal grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) that was awarded to Salem Area Mass Transit District (SAMTD). With this grant, SAMTD will be able to replace outdated buses with updated vehicles that will better serve commuters in the Salem-Keizer Area.
“Hardworking Oregonians rely on safe and dependable public transportation to get to their jobs”, said Rep. Schrader. “When buses can’t run, it puts their livelihoods in jeopardy. Federal investments in transit such as this help put people to work and connect them to employers throughout the Salem-Keizer area. Transit investments should be a top national priority and I am proud to have worked to help secure this needed funding.”
“This state-of-the-art technology will relieve congestion and enhance the customer experience through improved on-time performance and reliability, said Allan Pollack, General Manager, Salem Area Mass Transit District. I want to thank our congressional delegation, particularly Congressman Schrader for his strong support and leadership. We have been working on this project with our jurisdictional partners for nearly a decade, and securing this funding clears the final hurdle.”
Rep. Schrader wrote a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation in July urging the DOT to award this grant to SAMTD. This generous grant will allow SAMTD to replace five buses that have been in use for fifteen years.