Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Nearly $26 Million to Fund New Buses in Detroit

Monday, September 22, 2014

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for the City of Detroit Department of Transportation to help buy 50 new buses and connect people with jobs, training, and vital services. The $25,925,548 Ladders of Opportunity Initiative Grant comes through the Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration.

"Today's announcement is great news and will make a tangible difference in the lives of Detroit families," said Stabenow. "This project is another example of the incredible things happening in Detroit and throughout the region. Reliable transportation is critical for families who need a safe and dependable way to get to work, school or the doctor's office."

"Transit is one of the many areas in which Detroit's rebound is picking up steam, and this grant will help promote efficient, dependable public transportation that serves residents and helps build the economy," said Levin.

The Ladders of Opportunity Initiative program aims to modernize and expand transit bus service to help connect disadvantaged and low-income individuals, veterans, seniors, and youths, with local workforce training, employment centers, and health care services.

Senators Stabenow and Levin both sent letters to the Department of Transportation in July to push for funding for the project.