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DDOT, SMART receive $30M federal grant

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DETROIT — The Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) will split a $30 million transportation grant with Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART), Mayor Dave Bing announced at a July 23 press conference.

The grant, awarded from the Federal Transit Administration’s State of Good Repair program, will go toward replacement buses, the renovation of facilities and on-board security cameras. The program was started in 2010 to go toward updating buses and transportation facilities.

“This grant will improve public transportation for all metro Detroiters by rehabilitating and upgrading metro Detroit’s bus fleets to provide safer and more effective transportation,” U.S. Rep. Hansen Clarke, D-13th district, said in a statement. “This award marks the first time the grantees have applied for funding jointly, demonstrating an exciting new level of collaboration.”

Specifics — such as how many buses will be purchased, when the grant money will be rolled out and what impact this will have on the regionalization of the area’s bus systems — were not immediately available.

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