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Mayor Sarno joins with Congressman Neal for $54 million Federal Grant Announcement for PVTA

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Mayor Domenic J. Sarno joined with Congressman Richard E. Neal and Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) Administrator Sandra Sheehan for a special Federal Transit Authority (FTA) grant announcement. Congressman Neal, Chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means, was able to secure the $54 million federal grant from the FTA Low/No Emission grant program and the Bus/Bus Facilities funding.

Thanks to President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the PVTA will be able to continue their mission of providing high quality transportation services while ensuring it is done in an environmentally conscious manner,” said Congressman Neal. “Congratulations to Sandra Sheehan and her team for this tremendous award.”

“As PVTA focuses on reducing emissions and addressing the needs of the environment, we are overjoyed to receive this Low/No Grant to continue our path towards electrifying our fleet,” said Sheehan. “Funding will be used to purchase 4 battery-electric buses along with the infrastructure to maintain our electric vehicles and the associated workforce development training. We are extremely grateful for the support we received and the opportunity to expand upon projects that reduce energy consumption and increase access to clean, efficient mass transit.

“In addition,” Sheehan continued, “BBF funds have been awarded to repair and upgrade the Bus Bays at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Bus Maintenance Facility which will improve the safety, service capacity and reliability of PVTA's buses to help meet demand.”

Mayor Sarno states, “Thanks to Congressman Richard Neal, who once a mayor always the heart of a mayor, the PVTA is being awarded this $54 million FTA grant funding to go green by reducing emissions by eliminating gasoline powered buses and replacing them with electric buses.  With the PVTA servicing our Springfield community, I am pleased that this PVTA green initiative supports my administrations Climate Action and Resilience Plan by utilize green energy initiatives and programs to reduce our carbon footprint and enhance the infrastructure needed to maintain these new vehicles.”  

More information on the FTA’s Bus and Low- and No-Emission Grant Awards can be found HERE.

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