GRTA doubles number of vehicles for bus operations

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GRTA may soon get brand new electric buses to replace its aging fleet.

By performing regular maintenance of its vehicles, the Guam Regional Transport Authority has doubled the number of its fleet from 7 buses and vans in January 2019 to 14 buses and vans in May 2019.

According to a release from Adelup, GRTA is also no longer leasing transit vehicles from its contractor, resulting in a savings of over $150,000. In addition, GRTA is finalizing the procurement of 10 more buses.

In addition, federal funding for GRTA to build a new maintenance facility has been extended through fiscal year 2023, with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) sending a notice to GRTA that its request to extend two unencumbered FTA grants has been approved.

These two grants are:

• $1 million – to build a maintenance facility that will house the transfer station, bus
operations, and administration office; and
• $237,500 – to perform the architecture and engineering (A&E) design for the new
facility

The maintenance facility grant was originally awarded in 2012 and the A&E grant was first awarded in 2011. The unencumbered funds were set to expire on September 30, 2019, but with the enactment of Public Law 35-26, the FTA approved GRTA’s request for an extension.

P.L. 35-26, which was authored by Senator Jose “Pedo” Terlaje, dedicates 6,120 square meters of land in Tamuning to GRTA for the construction of the maintenance facility.

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said securing the land for this facility was a key component of GRTA’s request.

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