Updated 07/18/2012 06:06 PM
Broome County receives grant money for buses
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BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. -- The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Broome County more than $2 million to replace the county's public buses.
Congressman Richard Hanna, the Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, made the announcement to Broome County Officials Wednesday.
The $2.24 million will be used to purchase seven clean diesel transit buses and will also be put toward upgrading the county's transit system.
Hanna says Broome County has a strong public transportation system and this grant will help keep it that way.
"These buses do need to be recycled, they do wear out and as they grow older, like anything, maintenance becomes a bigger portion of what you have to spend on a bus. So these buses should be fairly maintenance-free for some period of time," Hanna said.
The money was part of a federal competitive grant through the Fiscal Year 2012 State of Good Repair Program.