State gets $4.5M grant to improve bus service

November 28, 2019 GMT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has received a $4.5 million federal grant to improve bus service in the central part of the state.

The Federal Transit Administration grant is a portion of $423 million in transit infrastructure grants nationwide to improve the safety and reliability of America’s bus systems and enhance mobility for riders.

The state’s portion of the grant will go to the Fitchburg-based Montachusett Regional Transit Authority and will be used to replace buses that have exceeded their useful life. The new buses will improve safety through the installation of security cameras, boost reliability and lower maintenance costs.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao says public buses are critical for millions of Americans to get to work, access health care, get to the grocery store, and other vital services.