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MTA gets federal grant to replace vehicles

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FLINT (WJRT) -

(07/23/12) - Flint's Mass Transportation Authority, or MTA. has been awarded $4 million to help replace buses and Your Ride vans.

It's a federal grant that could pay for as many as 40-45 small replacement buses or vans, according to MTA General Manager Ed Benning.

"This comes under the "state of good repair." It's a grant area that allows for replacement of older vehicles, and ours sure qualify," Benning said. "We have rehab vehicles. I have vehicles 29 years old, several that are 23 years old. We have vans today with 700,000 miles."

Benning says, as they put in the request, the intent is to purchase alternative fuel vehicles.

"I recently bought propane as $0.99/gallon and diesel I'm paying $3.49."

It follows MTA breaking ground, last summer, on an alternative fuel facility in Grand Blanc Township. It opened in May.

The most recent grant money continues that push toward "greener" forms of transportation.

Benning says MTA actually submitted three grant requests and hopes to receive least one more.

He says they should know within the next week.

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