US Transportation Secretary Visits Glacier Park to Grant Award

Apgar Transit Center Glacier National Park. The Park won a $250,000 Federal Transportation Administration grant to buy 2 new buses.

Apgar Transit Center Glacier National Park. The Park won a $250,000 Federal Transit Administration grant to buy 2 new buses.

Glacier National Park won a $250,000 Federal Transit Administration grant that will allow the Park to replace two shuttle buses. US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood visited Montana Monday the 18th to announce the award.

The proposal calls for more fuel efficient, American-made buses. The money was awarded as part of the FTA’s “Transit in the Park” program. Glacier is one of 29 national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges awarded funds in an effort to improve access and reduce congestion at these public recreation areas. FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff said competition for the grants was brutal with a total of $12.5 million to work with, and $63 million in applications. Rogoff calls the Glacier Park project a win-win-win-win situation.

“We win because we’re providing reliable transit to the park. We win because we’re providing jobs for Americans building American made vehicles. We win because it’s providing cleaner air, and we win because we’re consuming less fuel,” Rogoff said.

Secretary LaHood said this follows up on the Presidents call for reinvesting in the middle class during his State of the Union address.

“The true engine of America’s economic growth is a thriving middle class; investing in transportation is a great way to do it,” LaHood said.

Other awards range from $100,000 to the Michigan Department of Transportation for trail work, to $1,575,000 for a ferry dock and bicycle-pedestrian path in New York.

By the Numbers:

  • 138,000 – Number of bus riders in Glacier from July 1, 2012 through Labor Day.
  • 35,000 – Average number of daily visitors to Glacier Park during the peak summer season.
  • $250,000 – Cost of 2 buses for Glacier National Park.
  • $12.5 million – Amount of Federal Transit Administration Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks program grants awarded.
  • $63 million – Total applications for the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks program grants.
  • $80 million – Total grants awarded through Transit in Parks program in 3 years.
  • 134 – Projects funded through Transit in Parks program in 3 years.
  • 29 – Grants awarded to national parks, forest service, and wildlife refuges.

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