The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program, which includes funds for replacement of two MCEDD Link public transportation vehicles in The Dalles! We are excited to continue expanding services. “One is already not functioning and another is on its way out. This will be essential to helping us maintain public transportation service in Wasco County,” said Jessica Metta, Deputy Director. The purpose of the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program is to assist in the financing of buses and bus facilities capital projects, including replacing, rehabilitating, purchasing or leasing buses or related equipment, and rehabilitating, purchasing, constructing or leasing bus-related facilities.
In addition to the vehicle awards, MCEDD is appreciative of support through the Special Districts Association of Oregon (SDAO). SDAO has awarded grant funds to MCEDD through their 2019-2020 Special Districts Insurance Services Safety & Security Grant. MCEDD will receive matching funds (up to $3,050) to support the cost of new security cameras (total of 8) and installation on the new buses. These cameras will allow MCEDD to take a pro-active approach to ensuring the safety of passengers and drivers, help deter vandalism and theft, and allow for better decision making related to on-board incidents.