McMorris Rodgers Announces More than $290,000 in Grant Funding For Better Bus Transportation in Eastern Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 22, 2018) – Today, Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) announced more than $290,000 in funding from the Department of Transportation for the deployment of low emission vehicles in Columbia County ($176,000) and the purchasing of a new expansion bus for the Kalispel Indian Community ($115,960). This is in addition to the $7 million in funding the Department of Transportation recently announced to improve the runway for Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport.

“This is good news for people, including those living with a disability, who rely on public transportation to commute to work and provide for their families. This grant funding will help us maintain, improve, and expand bus transit in our region so more people have access to reliable transportation,” said McMorris Rodgers. “I was proud to lead in securing this grant funding from the Department of Transportation. With these additional investments in our regional infrastructure, Eastern Washington is Better Off Now.”

NOTE: The Spokane Transit Authority services approximately 12.5 million bus riders every year. The Washington State Department of Transportation will receive $176,000 to deploy low emission vehicles in rural Columbian County by replacing diesel buses with hybrid alternatives. Additionally, the Kalispel Indian Community of the Kalispel Reservation is set to receive $115,960 to purchase a new expansion bus that will provide greater ADA accessibility to meet the growing demand for increased transportation service in Pend Oreille & Spokane counties.

The Congresswoman has secured over $51 million in the last two years for the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport. She has also secured more than $64 million in total grant funding for airports in Eastern Washington this Congress. You can read more about the Congresswoman’s secured funding for airports here.

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