Metro wins two FTA grants

Good news today for Metro: the agency has been awarded two grants from the Federal Transit Administration:

•$25 million for the purchase of new compressed natural gas (CNG) buses. Attentive readers will recall that Metro earlier this year retired its last diesel bus, with the vast majority of Metro buses now powered by CNG, which is far less polluting than diesel.

•$9.6 million was awarded under the FTA’s Livability Grant Initiative for a new station linking the Patsaouras Plaza at Union Station to the Silver Line and El Monte Busway. The lovely rendering above shows what that new station will look like — a big improvement over the existing stop.