Bay Area gets over $45M to modernize public transit


An official from the Federal Transit Administration was in San Francisco Monday to make the funding announcement.

Over $21 million will be going to Muni to replace aging diesel buses with new hybrid vehicles. Muni says that will save about $200,000 per year in fuel costs.

"They're going to be 30 percent more fuel efficient and they're going to emit 90 percent less particulate matter, 40 percent less nitrite oxide and nitrogen dioxide and 30 percent less greenhouse gas," SFMTA Vice Chairman Cheryl Brinkman said.

AC Transit is getting over $7 million to upgrade its fare collection machines. BART will use its $3 million to install real-time bus and rail service information at its stations.

Overall, California is getting $126 million.

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