STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Rogue Valley Transportation to Receive Over $4 Million in Federal Grants

The Rogue Valley will be claiming the majority of Oregon's $6.5 million in grants from the Federal Transit Administration.

Posted: Apr 5, 2018 11:59 AM
Updated: Apr 5, 2018 12:13 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Rogue Valley Transportation District (RVTD) will receive upwards of $4 million in federal grants, according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The money is part of the DOT Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) effort to modernize public transit across the U.S.

The state of Oregon will receive a total of about $6.5 million in grants—meaning that the Rogue Valley will be taking the vast majority. The only other agency in Oregon to claim any grants is the Salem Area Mass Transit District.

A full list of all grants listed by state can be viewed HERE.

“Every day, working families across America rely on buses, and these grants will ensure that these vital services continue to be both safe and efficient,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

According to the FTA, the Rogue Valley will claim grants for two separate projects:

 - $1,020,014 for the purchase and installation of 'signal prioritization technology' on the bust fleet and highway interchanges, aimed at providing more consistent, reliable service to riders. Since the technology is GPS based, riders can also see where the bus is in real-time, using a recently deployed app from the project sponsor—according to the FTA.

 - $3,018,750 for the purchase of 35-foot low-floor CNG (compressed natural gas) vehicles. This project will significantly improve system reliablity by replacing vehicles that are beyond their useful life, according to the FTA.

The DOT statement said that all grants are intended to replace, rehabilitate, and purchases buses and related equipment—as well as the purchase, rehabilitation, and construction of bus barns or related facilities.

“FTA is proud to help bring new and rehabilitated buses, facilities, and equipment to communities across the country,” said FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams. “This marks a step forward in improving mobility for the millions of Americans who travel by bus to work, school, healthcare, and other services.”

The FTA received applications for 453 eligible projects, asking for a total of $2 billion in grants. After evaluation of those projects, a total of $264 million was awarded throughout the U.S.

Senators Merkley, Wyden, Walden and Schrader praised the federal investment in Oregon in a released statement.

“Transportation needs to remain a key issue in the Rogue Valley,” said Walden. “This Department of Transportation grant that will help secure 35 new regional buses will ensure the people in the Rogue Valley will have more timely options to commute to work, visit family and friends, and connect to transportation hubs throughout the region. I am proud to have worked alongside my Oregon colleagues, as well as Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, to help meet a real public transportation need in our local community.”

“Many working men and women rely on public transportation to get to their jobs, and when buses break down or can't run, it puts their livelihoods at risk. Investing in infrastructure doesn't just put people to work now, it helps people get to work for years to come, which is why infrastructure investments should be a top national priority,” said Merkley.

CLICK HERE to read our recent story on RVTD's announcement that they will be expanding service.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 19097

Reported Deaths: 326
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah445092
Washington283023
Marion266767
Umatilla199624
Clackamas140136
Malheur67310
Deschutes5378
Lane5183
Lincoln3919
Union3882
Jackson3851
Yamhill35911
Jefferson3103
Morrow3041
Polk28812
Linn24810
Klamath1941
Hood River1690
Wasco1613
Benton1556
Douglas1321
Josephine1051
Coos840
Clatsop800
Columbia780
Crook431
Lake320
Baker300
Tillamook280
Wallowa191
Curry140
Sherman140
Harney80
Gilliam40
Grant20
Unassigned00
Wheeler00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 512175

Reported Deaths: 9396
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1921774693
Orange37391651
Riverside37011695
San Bernardino32980417
San Diego29883565
Kern20545144
Fresno15083138
Alameda11524189
San Joaquin11483168
Santa Clara10626191
Sacramento10067142
Tulare9454178
Imperial9409220
Stanislaus9061110
Contra Costa7966125
Ventura734476
San Francisco681161
Santa Barbara616760
San Mateo5544119
Marin499470
Monterey482230
Kings438056
Merced428550
Solano361137
Sonoma305537
Madera194330
Placer192516
San Luis Obispo178315
Yolo154442
Santa Cruz11524
Butte9417
Napa8888
Sutter7866
San Benito6434
El Dorado6371
Lassen6310
Yuba4854
Shasta3699
Glenn3251
Colusa3234
Mendocino3179
Nevada2991
Tehama2341
Humboldt2334
Lake1951
Mono1451
Tuolumne1412
Amador1260
Calaveras1251
Del Norte880
Siskiyou730
Mariposa562
Inyo511
Plumas330
Trinity50
Alpine20
Modoc20
Sierra20
Unassigned00
Medford
Clear
85° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 85°
Brookings
Clear
67° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 67°
Crater Lake
Clear
82° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 82°
Grants Pass
Clear
86° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 86°
Klamath Falls
Clear
82° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 82°
Quiet start to the week
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events

Latest Video

Image

Dr. Jim Shames on the 17 new coronavirus cases in Jackson County Friday

Image

Monday, August 3 afternoon weather

Image

Monday, August 3 morning weather

Image

Health Alert: Understanding calcium

Image

Sunday, August 2nd Overnight Weather

Image

Sunday, August 2nd Morning Weather

Image

BLM HELPING FORESTS GET BACK ON THEIR FEET

Image

Saturday, August 1 evening weather

Image

Saturday, August 1 morning weather

Image

Pac-12 announces 10-game football schedule