DeFazio Secures Funding for Corvallis Buses
WASHINGTON, DC- Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) yesterday secured critical funding to update Corvallis bus systems. The $400,000 will be used to replace three buses that are functionally obsolete. The funding was approved as part of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2010, which passed out of subcommittee last night.
“With rising gas prices and increasing road congestion, we are literally loving our public transportation systems to death. Sadly, transit is generally badly underfunded, making investments of this kind vital to meeting the public demand. I am pleased people will be able to continue to utilize this valuable public asset,” DeFazio said. The money will go toward buying three new handicapped accessible biodiesel buses in order to retire buses which have outlasted their life expectancy. Replacing these old buses will increase service reliability and reduce the cost of maintenance of the bus fleet. This means funds can instead be used to provide expanded transit services.
The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2010 must now be approved by the full House Appropriations Committee.