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Cherriots Welcomes New CNG Buses

The Salem Area (OR) Mass Transit District, which operates as Cherriots, recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to welcome the first eight of 20 new CNG-powered buses to its fleet.

“I’ve always been proud of Oregon for leading with innovative improvements to our transportation and transit systems,” said Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) at the event, held at the Keizer Transit Center in Keizer, OR. “I’m especially pleased to see these advances to the transit system in the Salem-Keizer region that not only support workers and businesses who rely on the system daily, but also will reduce emissions and reduce the number of cars on the roads.”

Schrader and Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley (both D-OR) recently secured $2.5 million in FTA grant funding to pay for six of the 20 new buses; other federal funds will cover the costs of the additional vehicles.

Cherriots also will benefit from recently approved state legislation that provides a new funding source through a statewide employee payroll tax. This funding will allow the agency to significantly expand its service, including weekend, holiday and later-evening operations, by 2019.

Cherriots General Manager Allan Pollock spoke at the event welcoming eight new CNG buses.
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