DETROIT, MI – When Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx was in Detroit in September to announce a $25.9 million grant to purchase new buses, work immediately began to shorten the timeline for getting the new buses ordered and delivered to DDOT.
Those new buses are currently in production. Get your first look at the new DDOT buses being built in Minnesota.
The new buses will replace old ones in the city’s aging fleet that are beyond their useful service life.
Funding for the buses is being provided through the Federal Transit Authority’s “Ladders of Opportunity” program, a $100 million initiative announced earlier this year to fund key transit projects that help connect disadvantaged or low-income individuals to jobs.
DDOT currently has a vehicle fleet of 421 buses, however 158 of them were purchased 12 or more years ago and are either past their useful life or will exceed their useful life by the end this year. The city’s bus system also has cut 30 percent of its service since 2010, and has been plagued by reliability issues.
The new buses to be funded by this grant are in addition to an order of 31 buses DDOT expects to start receiving by January, bringing to at least 81 the number of new buses that will be added to the DDOT fleet over the next two years.
The Michigan Department of Transportation will provide a 20% match to the grant, which brings the total that DDOT will receive up to $32.375 million.