Blunt hails $4 million grant for St. Louis area transit services

WASHINGTON –Todday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, praised the U.S. Department of Transportation announcement that $4.1 million of FY 2021 Bus and Bus Facility Grant Program funds were awarded to the bi-state Missouri-Illinois Metropolitan Development Agency Darrondissement. Funding for the grant was included in the Blunt-backed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

“Maintaining a safe, reliable, and efficient bus system in the St. Louis area is critical to getting people to where they need to go, whether it’s for work, a doctor’s appointment, or the grocery store”, Blunt said. “It is also an important factor in deciding where to start or expand a business. Investing in critical transportation needs, as this targeted grant does, will help create more economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for local families.

“Everyone in St. Louis deserves access to reliable, healthy, and safe public transportation,” said US Representative Cori Bush (Mo.). “When I worked at a daycare, I started my bus ride at 6 a.m. arriving at work at 9 a.m. I wasn’t alone – we know black workers are 3 times more likely to not own a car and from relying on public transit. By investing in comprehensive public transit, we can connect our communities, reduce traffic, and fight the climate crisis – all at the same time. I am thrilled to see St. Louis receiving this funding and I can’t wait to ride one of the new buses as soon as they hit our roads.”

the Competitive Grant Program for Buses and Bus Facilities makes federal resources available to states and direct recipients to replace, rehabilitate, and purchase buses and related equipment, or to construct bus-related facilities, including technological changes or innovations to modify vehicles or facilities low or zero emissions. Funding is provided through formula-based allocations and competitive grants.

Melvin Z. Madore