California Department of Transportation District 11 ­ San Diego & Imperial Counties

District 11

Monday, Sept. 28, 2009

Contact: Media Relations Officer Edward Cartagena

Phone: (619) 688-6670

Regional Transit Agencies to Benefit from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Grants

SAN DIEGO – Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and North County Transit District (NCTD) will benefit from a combined $1.03 million in the federal economic stimulus grants, according to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).    

“These grants will replace older buses on rural transit routes throughout the county,” said Caltrans District Director Bob Pieplow.  “These two transit agencies will use the grant money to provide safe, reliable and efficient transit options for San Diegans.”

Caltrans was awarded $34 million in transit grants from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for 141 projects statewide. The Recovery Act transit funds promote and enhance public transportation in rural areas through capital infrastructure investment and the creation of jobs.

NCTD will receive $578,238 to purchase eight replacement buses and MTS will receive $451,295 to purchase three replacement buses, four automatic vehicle locators and four programming interface and voice response hardware. 

“These new buses will assist people in the rural areas of San Diego, who depend on MTS for their transportation needs,” said Paul Jablonski, MTS Chief Executive Officer. “We’re pleased to be able to use this grant to provide more reliable buses to the residents of East County communities Ramona, Campo, Tecate, and Borrego Springs.”

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