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Metro Gets Federal Funds for Union Station-Adjacent Bus Yard

By blogdowntown Staff
Published: Friday, October 08, 2010, at 10:06AM
Metro's Proposed Division 13 Bus Facility Courtesy Metro

Metro's proposed Division 13 bus operations and maintenance facility, which would be located across the street from Union Station.

Metro this week was awarded $47.75 million in federal transit funds that it intends to use for a new LEED-certified bus operations and maintenance facility across the street from Union Station.

The grant was part of $766 million in State of Good Repair Bus Initiative money handed out by the agency.

The Division 13 facility is planned to accomodate and service up to 200 compressed natural gas (CNG) buses.

Design work on the project was completed in September of 2008. Construction should go out for bids in January, with work possibly underway by June.

“Today’s announcement is welcome news for the region and the funding provided will go a long way toward maintaining Metro’s transportation system,” said LA County Supervisor and Metro Board Chair Don Knabe in a press release.

Metro says that the federal funds will aid its 30/10 initiative by freeing up Measure R funds that might otherwise have been tied up in the project.

Under the 30/10 initiative, the agency hopes to build 30 years of transit projects in just ten years.

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