Merkley, Wyden secure funding for critical project in Benton County

Benton County is awarded funding for electric vehicles and infrastructure.

In December 2022, Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced secured funding for essential community projects across Oregon in Congress’s fiscal year 2023 omnibus appropriations package.

With the support of members of Oregon’s congressional delegation in the House of Representatives—Reps. Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, and Kurt Schrader—a total of 145 community-initiated projects in Oregon were included in the package.

One of those projects included $1.512 million to the Oregon Department of Transportation for the Benton Area Transit Fleet Replacement.

“On behalf of Benton County, I would like to give Senators Merkley and Wyden a sincere thank you for securing funds to support the Benton Area Transit Fleet Replacement project. In February 2020, Benton County established an ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% of 2010 levels by 2030, and be net-zero by 2050. This investment will allow for more County-operated vehicles to be electric and provide safe and reliable public transportation to the entire community. It will also help to develop an infrastructure for electric vehicle charging that supports the use of environmentally friendly vehicles in our County,” said Benton County Commissioner Nancy Wyse.

Learn more about the community-initiated projects in Oregon.