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TRIMET WAS awarded more than $2 million in funds to purchase zero-emission
battery electric buses, which will be powered by wind energy.

FTA awards grants for FY19 Low-No program
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration
(FTA) awarded $84.9 million in grants through the Low- or No-Emission
(Low-No) Grant program, which funds the deployment of transit buses
and infrastructure that use advanced propulsion technologies. Thirty-eight
projects in 38 states will each receive funding through the program.
"These grants will help communities nationwide bring the next generation of bus technology to enhance their transportation systems," said
Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
The awards range in value between slightly more than $284,000 to $3
million. Eligible projects include the purchase or lease of buses powered by
modern, efficient technologies. These include hydrogen fuel cells, battery electric engines, and related infrastructure investments such as charging stations.

J. Foye declared that it was a "new day at
MTA" following the MTA Board's approval
of the agency's first reorganization plan
on July 24.
"Now that the board has approved
these recommendations, the work of
transforming the MTA into a world-class
organization that provides its customers
with the service they deserve begins,"
Foye said.
The reorganization plan was
developed by AlixPartners following
an extensive evaluation process. The
plan calls for MTA to refocus on core
objectives and centralize many department functions.
MTA says the plan will prepare the
agency to dramatically improve service,
end project delays and cost overruns
and establish the modern system
customers deserve. In addition to the
board's action of approving the plan,
the MTA also released critical deadlines
and milestones for several of the major
initiatives to make the reorganization
plan a reality.

Region of Waterloo

Long-term capital bill signed
into law in Illinois
▶ Illinois

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the
Rebuild Illinois Capital Plan on June 28,
marking the first time since 2009 that the
state has had a comprehensive capital
plan in place.
The six-year, $45-billion plan includes $4.5 billion for mass transit in the
state, as well as $1 billion for passenger
rail, including Amtrak and other intercity rail projects and $312 million for
grade-crossing protection. The bill will
be financed through an increased gas
tax, as well as an increase on vehicle title
and commercial distribution fees. The
legislative package provides $22.6 billion
in additional bonding authority, which
will allow the state to fund much needed
improvements in infrastructure in every

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region. Additionally, the package comes
with protections in place that require
local governments to use transportation
revenues and fees for transportation
purposes only.
Mass transit's $4.5 billion includes $3
billion in bonding and $1.5 billion in new
pay-as-you-go funding to invest in mass
transit throughout the state. The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) will
see more than $4 billion in funds while
transit districts outside of RTA will share
$450 million to maintain and improve
their systems.

MTA Board approves agency's
first reorganization
▶ The

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chairman and CEO Patrick

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THE 19-STATION route is just shy of 10
miles and serves as the core to the
region's master plan for sustainable

ION light rail begins service
▶ On

June 21, the Region of Waterloo
began service on State 1 of the ION
light-rail network, which runs between
Conestoga station in Waterloo and Fairway station in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
with 19 stations along the route.
The vehicles will operate on a dedicated rapid route along tracks isolated
from regular traffic, except at intersections and road crossings.
Stage 1 included an ION bus connection from Fairway station to Ainslie
Street transit terminal in Cambridge. This
connection will be converted to light rail
as the second stage of the project.

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Ad Index
Editor's Notebook
People & Places
A New Standard Shapes Commuter Rail in Boston
Connected Vehicles: Tampa
Beyond the Bus: Charge Management
Driven by Data
Making the Case for Standardization in MaaS
Best Practices
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