November 21, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce more than $1 Million for Eastern Shore Bus Upgrades

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced the award of nearly $1.1 million to the Maryland Transit Authority (MTA) for Eastern Shore bus system improvements from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program (49 U.S.C. 5339). Part of a nearly $14 million statewide investment, this federal funding will support the replacement of vehicles. The Shore Transit Project (Tri-County Council) will receive $850,000 and Delmarva Community Services Project will receive $248,000.

“Modernizing our infrastructure and transit systems is crucial to reducing traffic congestion, cutting pollution, and enhancing the quality of life for commuters across Maryland. These funds will allow the Tri-County Council to replace badly outdated vehicles, saving our local governments money and improving the safety and efficiency of these vehicles for riders. Additionally, the funds for Delmarva Community Services will allow them to continue assisting members of our community who have difficulty getting around. I'm proud to announce this funding, and I will continue fighting for transportation and infrastructure investments across our state," said Senator Van Hollen, a member of the Environment and Public Works and Appropriations Committees.  

“These projects will expand the transportation options for residents of the Eastern Shore,” said Senator Cardin, ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee. “Buses are often the most affordable method for students to get to schools, employees to workplaces, and residents to essential community services. These significant resources will go a long way in connecting communities on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.”

More details on the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program may be found through DOT here.

Additional grants for Maryland announced Thursday include:

  • $1,651,720 for Baltimore County/Towson
  • $76,500 for St. Mary’s Transit System Project/St. Mary’s County
  • $11,040,000 for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)