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August 31, 2009

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AROUND THE INDUSTRY

Specter Visits Lancaster's Red Rose Transit Authority

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) recently visited the Red Rose Transit Authority (RRTA) in Lancaster, PA, to announce a $5 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant to support renovation of the authority’s 30-year-old administrative, maintenance, and fleet storage facility. The remaining $3 million cost of the project will come from other federal transit formula programs and state-issued bonds.

The overhaul, scheduled to begin in September, will include such green initiatives as a geothermal system for heating and cooling; a green roof; skylights; a waste oil burner to use in heating; and solar panels. RRTA plans to expand the bus storage area to allow indoor storage for the entire 45-bus fleet at the end of service each day. The agency estimated that the green enhancements will reduce energy usage by 75 percent.

RRTA Executive Director Dave Kilmer cited the senator’s help in securing the ARRA funds, adding: “Sen. Specter’s help allowed RRTA to start work now on the project and help provide jobs for the community, ultimately helping boost the economy.”

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