WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded the Metropolitan Council $2,800,000 on behalf of the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) $1,412,890 for public transit infrastructure to support buses and bus facilities statewide. This funding will be used to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities and will include funding to modify low-emission vehicles and facilities. 

“The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on public transit infrastructure across Minnesota, including in our communities,” Klobuchar said. “This critical investment in our public transit infrastructure will help improve transit services and access to jobs as well as encourage additional investment in the state.”

“A high-quality, reliable public transit system is important for Minnesotans who count on it to get to work, school, the doctor and more. That's why it's critical that we support Minnesota's public transit during the pandemic," said Sen. Smith. "This grant will support public transit by helping replace, fix and purchase buses. It will also benefit the environment by providing funding to invest in low-emission vehicles. Thanks to the public transit workers in Minnesota for all that you do for our community. Please stay safe and healthy.'"