MADISON – Today, Governor Tony Evers announced the communities receiving public transit and infrastructure grant funding from the VW legal settlement. Racine requested funding to replace two outmoded diesel buses with new efficient electric models and was granted over $2 million to support the project. Rep. Neubauer released the following statement in response:
“This is an amazing opportunity for our community to improve our aging public transit infrastructure while reducing our carbon emissions! While continued investment is needed in public transit, this grant funding is a great boost for Racine and will help people get where they need to go,” Neubauer said.
“In 2018, when the Governor and the Legislature began work on the budget, one of the major priorities I heard from our community was supporting our public transit infrastructure. Over the last two years, we have made significant strides to improve transit, from investing in rail through the state budget to this grant funding for badly needed upgrades to Racine’s busing system. Our work isn’t done yet, but I’m so excited to see this great progress in our community.”
This grant is a part of the second round of State of Wisconsin Transit Capital Assistance Grants made possible through the Volkswagen Mitigation Program. Grants made in this round of funding will enable transit systems in Beloit, Wausau, Sheboygan, Madison, Eau Claire, Racine, Green Bay, and La Crosse to purchase a total of 34 public transit buses. A complete list of grants compiled by the Office of the Governor can be found here.