RTA is Awarded Federal Grant to Buy 17 New Buses 9/25/2018 What: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded a nearly $6.4-million grant to the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) to buy seventeen, 40-foot biodiesel buses. When: FTA announced the grant September 25, 2018 Timeframe: The RTA should have the funds obligated by the FTA by the end of 2018. Following the funding approval by the FTA, the procurement of buses can begin. Buses take between 12 to 24 months from order to delivery. The new vehicles will all be ordered at one time. The grant is expected to be closed out no later than December 2020. Why: In an effort to begin implementing improvements called for in RTA’s Strategic Mobility Plan (SMP), the RTA applied for federal funds that would begin overhauling the bus fleet, replacing the majority of aging vehicles, and purchasing additional vehicles. The new bus fleet expansion will: Improve frequencies for key corridors and areas Improve reliability of existing routes Improve on-time performance by increasing running times for routes with chronic delays, and Improve safety by reducing operator fatigue “Our administration has made the RTA a priority, and we are proud to celebrate this big step forward as a win for New Orleans residents,” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell. “I am grateful for the support of U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao -- whom I spoke with, shortly after taking office, regarding this project. This was a great team effort, and I’m proud of the results we are seeing from our new leadership at the RTA.” The bus expansion project is also consistent with the City’s Master Plan “Plan for the 21st Century, Volume 2, Chapter 11 transportation”, which similarly calls for more high-frequency routes and improved on-time performance. To learn more, visit: www.norta.com or call Ride Line at 504-248-3900.