August 17, 2022

City of Jackson’s JTRAN awarded $8.7M in federal grant funding

Mary Apel

The Federal Transit Administration announced Tuesday over $8.7 million in federal grant funding to the City of Jackson’s JTRAN public transit system.

The funding will allow the City to implement
findings from its comprehensive “Connect JXN Transit Plan” study that has looked at ways to upgrade and modernize the JTRAN system. The study has considered ways to reduce maintenance costs, improve service reliability and enhance access and mobility for Jackson residents. The link to the plan study can be found here.

The purpose of the “Buses and Bus Facilities Program” is to assist in the financing of buses and bus facilities capital projects, including replacing, rehabilitating, purchasing or leasing buses or related equipment, and rehabilitating, purchasing, constructing or leasing bus-related facilities.

The program’s aim is to support the transition of the nation’s transit fleet to the lowest polluting and most energy efficient transit vehicles.

Tuesday’s announcement follows a news release from Congressman Bennie Thompson’s office on Friday. “We are appreciative and thank Congressman Bennie Thompson for his support of transit in the City of Jackson,” said City of Jackson’s Deputy Director of Transportation,
Christine Welch. “This is something we’ve been looking at and working on for a long time, so the funding comes as a much needed resource for Jackson residents.”

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