This is Lane Beattie, president of the Salt Lake Chamber, with your Metro Business Report.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff announced recently that Utah Transit Authority will receive two grants totaling 8-point-4 million dollars to make improvements to its bus fleet and bus facilities.
UTA was awarded the two grants under the FTA's "State of Good Repair" discretionary grant program, which is intended to help bring buses, bus facilities and related equipment into a state of good repair. The grants include 4-point-4 million dollars for a new bus maintenance facility and four million dollars toward the purchase of replacement buses.
The larger of the two grants will be used to begin environmental study and design work on a facility to replace UTA's Central Garage, located just north of the Salt Lake Central Station. The 40 year-old bus maintenance facility lacks adequate space to support UTA's current and future fleet needs.
UTA's fleet of 500 fixed-route buses serves more than 71,000 riders per average weekday.
This is Lane Beattie for KSL News Radio.