FAIRFIELD, CA – Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA) today applauded the city of Fairfield for receiving a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The grant was awarded to the city for its efforts in replacing old buses with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and California Air Resource Board (CARB) compliant vehicles.
"This $1.5 million grant offers our region an opportunity to improve transit access with seniors and disabled residents while improving air quality and creating good jobs," said Congressman John Garamendi. "I applaud the city of Fairfield’s efforts to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and California Air Resource Board qualifications. I know that this is just one of many steps the city has taken toward creating a more livable community."
Garamendi added, "As Fairfield continues to make bus purchasing decisions, I encourage them to help American manufacturers Make It In America. When we rebuild America’s manufacturing sector, we create good jobs and opportunities for hardworking Americans to enter the middle class."
The award was selected on a competitive basis through the FY 2011 State of Good Repair Program – a program designed to provide safe and reliable bus and rail service to millions of daily riders. However, a six-year Estimated Highway Program cut proposed by Congressional Republicans called for over $7.2 million in cuts in California alone, a roughly 33 percent reduction.
Congressman Garamendi is the author of the Airports, Highways, High-Speed Rail, Trains and Transit: Make it in America Act (H.R. 613), which would create American jobs by setting stronger standards for goods and equipment purchased with federal dollars for airports, highways, high-speed rail, trains and transit. The legislation increases domestic content provisions for airports and rolling stock from 60 to 100 percent over time, eliminates non-availability waivers, and makes similar waiver reporting requirements across the different modes of transportation.