For Immediate Release - October 14, 2010

PATRICK-MURRAY ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES NEW ENERGY-EFFICIENT BUSES FOR SOUTHEASTERN REGIONAL TRANSIT AUTHORITY

New Buses, Other Enhancements Boost Fall River, New Bedford Public Transit

FALL RIVER - Thursday, October 14, 2010 - As part of the Patrick-Murray Administration's Massachusetts Recovery Plan, Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray in Fall River today announced that the Southeastern Regional Transit Authority (SRTA) will receive 10 new energy-efficient buses to serve public transit customers in the Fall River and New Bedford area. The Lieutenant Governor also announced that American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) federal stimulus funds along with other federal transit funds will allow the SRTA to purchase 10 new demand response vehicles that provide transportation to riders unable to use regular bus routes, along with upgrades to the transit authority's maintenance facilities.

"These investments represent a significant upgrade that will make a real difference for thousands of riders on the busy bus routes in Fall River and New Bedford along with citizens with disabilities who rely upon the transit authority to go about their daily lives," said Governor Deval Patrick.

"Today's announcement is another example of our Administration's commitment to supporting investments in infrastructure and transportation projects across the Commonwealth, so that all our residents may have access to energy efficient and safe public transportation," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. "These new buses will not only provide a better ride for Southeastern Regional Transit Authority customers, but they will also reduce exhaust emissions by 90%."

"This cash infusion will help keep Massachusetts at the forefront of clean energy by revolutionizing our bus fleet and modernizing our facilities," said Senator John Kerry.

"I am pleased that federal stimulus funds continue to provide improvements to our transportation infrastructure and am particularly grateful that the Southeastern Regional Transit Authority will be given the necessary tools to address the important public transportation needs of the Greater Fall River and New Bedford area residents while also providing important environmental benefits and energy conservation. I am happy to join with the Governor in his ongoing commitment to these efforts," said Congressman Barney Frank.

"It's critical that we provide updated, energy-efficient transportation for the residents of Southeastern Massachusetts," Rep. McGovern said. "I'm very pleased that the Patrick-Murray Administration is such a strong supporter of that effort."

The $3.1 million purchase of 10 new buses, nine funded by a Federal Transit Administration capital grant with state match and one paid for with federal stimulus ARRA funds replaces buses purchased 19 years ago that are beyond their useful service life. The new diesel technology allows the buses to emit 90% fewer exhaust emissions.

In addition, $700,000 in federal stimulus ARRA funds will purchase six of the Demand Response Vehicles to accommodate riders with disabilities who are unable to use regular bus services, along with maintenance facilities upgrades that include replacement of 30-year old HVAC systems at facilities in Fall River and New Bedford, and Operations Control Center software improvements.

"I am pleased to see these clean energy buses will be used by the SRTA. Diesel-electric vehicles are an efficient and sound way to enhance our regional transit system. Public transportation gives people independence, access to jobs and shopping and now it will be done in a way that has fewer environmental impacts," said Representative David B. Sullivan.

"The Governor and Lieutenant Governor have demonstrated a strong commitment to enhanced public transportation and improving our environment, and these investments in new buses and technology for SRTA accomplish both," said MassDOT Transportation Secretary and CEO Jeffrey Mullan.

"I am pleased to see these clean energy buses will be used by the SRTA. Diesel-electric vehicles are an efficient and sound way to enhance our regional transit system. Public transportation gives people independence, access to jobs and shopping and now it will be done in a way that has fewer environmental impacts," said Representative David B. Sullivan.

"The City of Fall River has made a commitment to improving public transportation with the Federal and State funding this area has received," said Mayor William A. Flanagan.

"This is another great example of how the Patrick-Murray Administration has worked to bring stimulus funding to the Southcoast region that will enhance the quality of life of our residents," said Mayor Scott W. Lang.

Visit the Patrick-Murray Administration's automatically-updated interactive web-based map at www.mass.gov/massdot/recovery to view the latest information about all American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) transportation projects.

MassDOT is the new, unified transportation organization created in 2009 under the historic reform legislation passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Patrick. MassDOT's four divisions are focused on delivering safe and efficient transportation services across the Commonwealth.

For transportation news and updates, visit the MassDOT website at www.mass.gov/massdot, the MassDOT blog at www.mass.gov/blog/transportation or follow MassDOT on twitter at www.twitter.com/massdot.

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