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Rep. Schrader Announces $3.5 Million Dollar Federal Grant to Salem Keizer Transit



For Immediate Release

May 29, 2020

Contact: Larkin Parker, 202-225-5711


Rep. Schrader Announces $3.5 Million Dollar Federal Grant to Salem Keizer Transit

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Schrader announced a $3.5 million-dollar grant from the Department of Transportation that will be used to purchase five electric buses for Salem Keizer Transit as part of the Low or No Emission Vehicle Program.


I am very pleased that Salem Keizer Transit was chosen to by the DOT to receive these much-needed funds,” said Rep. Schrader. “I led a letter to the DOT requesting these funds to purchase electric buses to replace five of the agencies oldest buses that have been in use for over 15 years. These new battery powered electric buses will dramatically reduce emissions, lower operating costs and will be far more reliable for Salem area passengers. Transit investments should be a top national priority and I am proud to have worked to secure this much needed funding.”


By replacing our oldest vehicles with our first battery-electric buses, this grant is a monumental step toward enhanced service and modernization of our vehicle fleet,” said Ian Davidson, President, Board of Directors, SAMTD.With these funds, we will be able to create an “Electric Bus Corridor” along our longest route to bolster service reliability and improve access to many of our most frequent destinations, while also reducing our carbon footprint. I would like to thank Congressman Schrader for his support in securing the funding to make this project a reality.”


The new buses will be used on Route 11 Lancaster Drive, which runs between the cities of Keizer and South Salem. This service corridor will be rebranded under the project as the “Electric Bus Corridor,” providing access to major employment, education, and health care destinations including the Mill Creek Business Park and Chemeketa Community College.


Rep. Schrader wrote a letter of support of behalf of Salem Keizer Transit to the Department of Transportation on May 8th, 2020.