MATS gets nearly $3 million grant

MONTGOMERY, AL - The Montgomery Area Transit System (MATS) has been award a portion of the  $100 million in Economic Recovery Act funds for pursuing cutting-edge environmental technologies according to the Obama administration. The funds are designated to help reduce global warming, lessen America's dependence on oil and create green jobs.

"Montgomery Area Transit System is showing how investing in green transportation not only helps the planet and strengthens our economy, but also creates jobs," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

MATS will use the $2.7 million grant to purchase five low floor hybrid-electric buses to replace existing transit system buses.

"These grants will put Americans to work now while improving our environment in the future," said Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff. "The transit industry continues to be at the forefront of reducing pollution and creating a cleaner, safer environment for the nation."

The transit agency's proposal was among 43 winning projects selected in nationwide competition for $100 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funds.  In addition to being evaluated on their anticipated reduction in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, proposals were also rated on their return on investment, readiness to implement, the capacity of the applicant, the degree of innovation, and their national applicability.