SHERIDAN — Goose Creek Transit, a service of The Hub on Smith, was recently awarded $393,600 to purchase six 14-passenger buses and two mini-vans that will serve Sheridan County, beginning in the summer of 2019.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced Sept. 25, that the Federal Transit Administration will award $366.2 million in grants to improve the safety and reliability of America’s bus systems and enhance mobility for transit riders. A total of 107 projects in 50 states and territories will receive funding from the FTA’s Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program. Goose Creek Transit was the only transit agency in the state of Wyoming to get an award.

The original Mini-Bus program began in 1973 as the first service offered to the local community by the Sheridan Senior Center, which had just been founded.

Renamed in recent years, Goose Creek Transit has strived to replace one bus per year, based on funding availability, in an effort to ensure the community’s buses are relatively new, and thus as safe and efficient as possible.

This grant will enable multiple buses to be replaced at once, ensuring the effectiveness and availability of this service without interruption to riders.

“We are thrilled with our selection as Wyoming’s only funding recipient,” said Steve Ainslie, director of transportation for Goose Creek Transit. “This influx of funding to purchase new buses will ensure the ongoing, efficient transportation of our riders, many of whom are elderly or disabled and without other means of transportation. It’s also a wonderful vote of confidence in the importance of this service to our community.”

The competitive grant program was announced at the Wyoming Public Transit Association conference held in June in Riverton.