SARTA lands largest grant ever at $17.2 million

July 11, 2024

The Stark Area Regional Transit Authority was awarded a $17,254,229 federal grant Tuesday to upgrade clean transit infrastructure throughout Stark County.

“This is the largest grant SARTA has ever received,” said Kirt Conrad, CEO and executive director of SARTA. “In addition to basic items like a new roof on our bus garage and parking lot repaving, this will allow us to produce green hydrogen on site from water and solar panels. Several of our buses will operate on totally renewable energy.”

SARTA has the largest hydrogen bus fleet outside of California and has nearly eliminated the use of diesel in its fleet, according to a news release.

The Department of Transportation’s Buses and Bus Facilities Grant Program awarded the investment, made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

SARTA awarded $17.2 million federal grant (