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Shea-Porter, Shaheen, Hassan, and Craig Applaud Nearly $1 million in DOT Funding for Manchester Transit Authority

Grant will fund replacement of aging buses

MANCHESTER, NH— Today, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01), Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, and Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig applauded a grant of $934,000 from the US Department of Transportation to help finance the replacement of aging buses in Manchester. Since 2012, Manchester has been replacing buses that were purchased between 2004 and 2008 and are nearing the end of their lifespan. With the help of federal funds, the entire fleet is expected to be replaced by 2020.

“A safe and modern transportation system is essential for the citizens and businesses of Manchester,” said Shea-Porter. “I am happy that the federal government has awarded nearly $1 million to Manchester to continue upgrading the city’s bus fleet, enhancing transportation throughout the city.”

“As the largest city in New Hampshire, Manchester should have safe and modern transportation infrastructure for commuters and families throughout the region,” said Shaheen. “I’m very pleased to announce this grant to fund the replacement of aging buses, which will help support the local economy and ensure that Manchester residents have safe public transportation that they can depend on.”

“Strengthening public transportation is important for Manchester’s people, businesses, and economy,” Senator Hassan said. “This grant from the Department of Transportation will go toward replacing older buses in the Manchester fleet and ensuring that the residents of the Queen City are getting where they need to go safely and efficiently.”

“I’m grateful for the work our federal delegation has done to ensure nearly one million dollars in federal funds for the Manchester Transit Authority,” said Mayor Joyce Craig. “This funding will be used to purchase new energy-efficient buses with multiple upgraded features, including the ability to pay for rides with a smartphone. Through continued collaboration such as this, Manchester can continue working to make public transportation more accessible throughout the city.”