On Monday, March 14, 2022, SporTran was awarded the 2021
Competitive Bus and Bus Facilities Grant from the FTA.
SporTran is the only transit agency in Louisiana to win this grant and will use the
$1.948 million in funds to improve bus stops by adding shelters and infrastructure
that improve accessibility. The upgrades will enhance safety for riders, better
accommodate passenger transfers between buses, and attract new riders in the
Shreveport-Bossier service area.
“Our mission is to keep improving public transit in Shreveport-Bossier,” states
SporTran CEO Dinero’ Washington. “This accessibility improvement grant for our
bus stops and shelters is a great addition to our current inititaives like OnDemand
and Zero Fare that remove the barriers to ridership for our community.”
President Biden and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit
Administration (FTA) awarded $409.3 million in grants to 70 projects in 39 states to
modernize and electrify America’s buses, make bus systems and routes more
reliable, and improve safety and facilities. The grants support modernizing and
improving the most widespread form of transit in America and will help dozens of
communities buy new-technology and electric buses, such as electric buses, that
reduce or eliminate greenhouse gas emissions, promote cleaner air, and help
address the climate crisis.
“These grants will help people in communities large and small get to work, get to
school, and access the services they need,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete
Buttigieg. “Everyone deserves access to safe, reliable, clean public transportation –
and thanks to the President’s historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we are bringing
modern buses to communities across America.”