Filemon Vela

Representing the 34 District of Texas

PRESS RELEASE: Vela Announces Grant for Bus System

September 25, 2018
Press Release

PRESS RELEASE: Vela Announces Grant for Bus System

Brownsville – Congressman Filemon Vela (D-TX) announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation Buses & Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program will provide a $661,342 grant to the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council (LRGVDC). The grant will be used to purchase new bus passenger shelters and amenities in Brownsville, Edinburg, and Harlingen.

“This grant will provide essential funding to regional transit services in South Texas,” Rep. Vela said. “The new waiting areas will allow the bus system to attract new riders and provide improved service to existing passengers. I look forward to seeing the project completed.”

Ron Garza, Executive Director of the Rio Grande Development Council added, “The news of this announcement is a great example of regional partners collaborating for the overall benefit of the citizens of the Rio Grande Valley.  With the rapid growth of the region, public transit must continue to support the safety and efficiency demands of passengers.  We appreciate the all the support from federal, state and local elected officials as we continue to build regional transit infrastructure.”

This project, a joint partnership between LRGVDC and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, aims to provide safe and comfortable waiting areas for bus passengers.