The Utah Transit Authority won $8.5 million in federal grants on Monday to help replace aging buses and to help start building a new maintenance facility.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the award as part of a $776 million nationwide package of grants by the Obama administration to upgrade aging bus systems.
"Currently, 40 percent of the nation's buses are in poor or marginal condition," LaHood said in a teleconference. "It will take nearly $78 billion to bring the nation's bus and rail transit systems into a state of good repair overall.... These bus grants are an important down payment."