DOT awards Napa Valley Transportation Authority $20 million loan

Napa Valley Transportation Authority bus
Mark Jones

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Tuesday it has provided a 35-year loan of up to $20 million under its Rural Projects Initiative to the Napa Valley Transportation Authority for the Vine Bus Maintenance Facility Project.

The Napa Valley Transportation Authority plans to construct a 31,504–square foot transit maintenance facility with a 40-year life to replace its currently leased transit yard in the city of Napa. The new facility includes charging infrastructure for NVTA’s new electric bus fleet.

“The new bus facility will help modernize Napa Valley transit buses as they transition to electric,” said Pete Buttigieg, U.S. transportation secretary. “This project will invest in the community’s infrastructure, create jobs, improve safety and combat climate change.” 

The project will provide a variety of benefits including addressing growing transit needs to reduce emissions from single occupancy vehicles, improving operational efficiencies and safety of fleet management and providing photovoltaic system to support electric vehicles zero-emission targets. The work will also create 624 direct and indirect jobs and spur growth/development in the area, according to the DOT.