Reps. Val Demings (FL-10), Darren Soto (FL-09), and Stephanie Murphy (FL-07) announced new federal grants for the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX) and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for expansion of low-emission public transportation in Central Florida. These grant programs were supplemented under the bipartisan infrastructure law, which was supported by Reps. Demings, Murphy, and Soto.
“I joined Republicans and Democrats to pass the bipartisan infrastructure act because Orlando’s economy depends on our travel infrastructure," said Demings. "When Central Florida’s residents and visitors can get where they need to go easily, quickly, and safely, it helps our families and our community to grow. I’m proud to announce these new federal transportation grants that will expand low-emission transportation that keeps our air clean, keeps our communities healthy, and reduces traffic and congestion. This will help fuel our community’s continued economic growth and keep us moving.”
“Our great state of Florida continues to see the benefits of the Infrastructure Law in our transportation," said Soto. "Thanks to these federal funds, LYNX and the Florida Department of Transportation will have the opportunity to improve facilities and focus on lowering pollution as we fight climate change. I am proud to have worked with Reps. Demings and Murphy to secure these grants for Central Floridians and look forward to seeing the future of our region's transit fleet.”
“Central Florida is one of America’s fastest growing regions and is also one of the most susceptible to the consequences of climate change," said Murphy. "These funds will help reduce our carbon footprint while delivering world-class infrastructure that will help boost long-term economic growth.”
Today’s grant announcements include:
The purpose of the Buses and Bus Facilities Program is to assist in the financing of buses and bus facilities capital projects, including replacing, rehabilitating, purchasing or leasing buses or related equipment, and rehabilitating, purchasing, constructing or leasing bus-related facilities. The purpose of the Low-No Program is to support the transition of the nation’s transit fleet to the lowest polluting and most energy efficient transit vehicles. The Low-No Program provides funding to state and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities.