WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), who has led the effort to increase the energy efficiency of SEPTA's transit fleet, announced today that SEPTA will receive a $1,440,000 green-energy grant for the Market-Frankford Line.
The Department of Transportation has approved the grant as A New Model for Wayside Energy Storage under the Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction Program. The funds will go toward the purchase of new buses.
"This is the latest in a series of grants to get our federal dollars working for the transit riders in Philadelphia," said Fattah, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee. "These resources are especially welcome because they allow SEPTA to modernize its fleet with new energy efficient vehicles and techniques."
Last month, Fattah, announced a $5 million grant for SEPTA to rehab the 110-year-old transportation hub at 33rd and Dauphin Streets, North Philadelphia, with energy efficient features. Three years ago SEPTA received $2.45 million to purchase hybrid diesel/electric buses. In addition, Fattah has joined SEPTA officials this year to launch bus depot and transit projects at Cheltenham-Ogontz Avenue, Parkside in West Philadelphia, and the Wayne Junction station in North Philadelphia.
SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah