11 Aug Jon Cartu Review: Huntsville gets $12 million grant to enhance public transpo
The city of Huntsville has been awarded a $12.5 million grant from the Federal Transportation Authority for improvements in its public transportation system, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Tuesday.
The funding will be allocated for Huntsville to build a multimodal transfer station and renovate its existing operating facility downtown on Church Street, according to the announcement. The grant money comes from the FTA’s Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Programs.
“This Administration is committed to rebuilding our nation’s transportation infrastructure even through the current COVID-19 crisis, and this $464 million in federal grants will help improve the safety and reliability of transit bus service nationwide as the economy returns,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao said in the announcement.
The Huntsville project is the only grant money awarded to Alabama out of the $464 million.
Last month, Huntsville rebranded its city buses as “Orbit” in a nod to the Rocket City’s space legacy. In 2018, the city authorized a comprehensive study into its public transit system and has since amended bus routes and adjusted hours, including launching service on Saturdays, among other enhancements.
Huntsville officials have said they have seen an increase in ridership since the changes were made.
This story will be updated.