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   FTA to Help Communities Prosper with Funding Opportunity

Since 2020, FTA has awarded 70 projects through the program, totaling more than $24.6 million. Image: FTA

  From Metro:

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced a new Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to help improve transit in areas experiencing long-term economic distress, according to the administration's news release.

The $20 million in competitive grant funding through FTA’s Areas of Persistent Poverty (AoPP) Program provides more resources to underserved and disadvantaged communities seeking to expand or improve transit systems.

"At a time when transportation is the second-largest household expense for most American families, it is more important than ever to ensure that everyone has access to affordable public transit," said Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Transportation secretary. "The new resources we are announcing today will make it easier for people in......................................


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   MCI's Pat Ziska looks back at remarkable career

Pat Ziska presents a prize to David Benedict, of David Thomas Tours, at the 2014 UMA EXPO. Photo: Bus & Motorcoach News 

  From Bus & Motorcoach News:

Forming lasting relationships has been the cornerstone to Pat Ziska's career. As she looks back at her 46 years with Motor Coach Industries (MCI), she recalls that many of her special moments happened at the UMA Motorcoach EXPO.

One of her favorite UMA EXPO events took place in Las Vegas, when MCI hosted a wedding ceremony for a Canadian client in February 2005.

Jamie Murray, owner of Parkinson Bus, and his longtime love, Lynn Hewitt tied-the-knot under a wedding arch of flowers in MCI's booth. "We created a chapel setting and had a Las Vegas minister come to marry them," Ziska said. "We had a full house of people there to witness and celebrate their marriage vows.".......................................

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   Clean School Bus Program Amendments Allow Contractors Direct Access to Funds

A row of electric school buses charge at Stockton Unified School District in California. Image: School Transportation News

  From School Transportation News:

Amendments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Clean School Bus Program (CSBP) passed before Christmas allow private contractors to have direct access to the remaining $4 billion of the program and address the requirement to keep a bus in the district to which it was awarded for a five-year span.

The National School Transportation Association expressed concerns regarding the CSBP since it was passed in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) on Nov. 15, 2021. The program provides $5 billion over five years to replace existing school buses with zero-emission and low-emission models.......................................

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