Federal grant to help agency replace aging buses

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Published: Nov 15 2011 04:18:51 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 15 2011 05:46:39 PM EST
WASHINGTON -

The Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority will be adding some new buses to its fleet, thanks to a grant from the federal government.

The Department of Transportation said it will award LANTA with a $3 million grant through its Clean Fuels Program.

"It's a significant grant that helps us replace older vehicles in our fleet that are beyond their economic life," said Armand Greco, LANTA executive director. "And more importantly, we are able to replace them with vehicles that are environmentally friendly and fuel efficient."

The hybrid buses will be built in the U.S., officials said.

Last month, LANTA received a $14 million grant to build a maintenance garage in Allentown and to lease a new transportation center in Easton.