The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) – the organization that operates area rail and bus service for Prince William, Manassas, and Manassas Park – has received an award from the American Planning Association (APA).
According to a release, PRTC was the recipient of an Outstanding Implementation Project Award for their TIGER Bus Priority Program.
“TIGER, which stands for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, is a grant program through the U.S. Department of Transportation that provides federal funding for capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure projects,” stated a release.
The TIGER program focused on making capital improvements to PRTC’s infrastructure, to allow for higher quality and safer trips for bus riders.
In order to get the program off the ground, PRTC worked with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) and other partners to secure TIGER grant funding. MWCOG received $58.8 million in TIGER grants, and $9.65 million of that was utilized by PRTC for three projects.
The projects were to:
Purchase and installation of 75 bus security cameras for 15 buses;
Purchase of 13 new, 40-foot, clean-diesel replacement buses; and
Purchase and implementation of a Computer Aided Dispatch/Automatic Vehicle Location (CAD/AVL) system for the entire bus fleet. This system enabled PRTC to add customer-friendly features including real-time passenger information and automated stop announcements. To implement the full system, PRTC also received funding from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation.