RALEIGH - The N.C. Board of Transportation at their November meeting earlier this month approved $39,052 in state funding for the city of Asheville through the NCDOT Public Transportation Division Urban/Regional Bus and Facility Program. The funding will go to Henderson County for new compressed natural gas vehicles. The Urban/Regional Bus and Facility Program provides the required 10 percent state match to direct recipients of grants through the Federal Transit Administration for projects such as new buses and vehicles, as well as maintenance, operations or transfer facilities. Due to its population size, the city of Asheville serves as the direct recipient of funding for FTA for its urbanized area, which includes Buncombe, Haywood and Henderson counties. The city received approval for a Federal Transit Administration Urbanized Area Formula Program capital grant for the purchase of two low-floor compressed natural gas replacement buses for Apple Country Public Transit in Henderson County. The approved state funds will serve as a 10 percent state match for this federal grant. These funds match $39,052 in local funds and $312,419 in federal funds, totaling $390,523. The county anticipates receiving these vehicles in summer 2012. To help fuel these and other compressed natural gas vehicles in the county, Henderson County received $610,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for a compressed natural gas fueling station that opened in July. The county also received $505,000 in ARRA funding to purchase three additional compressed natural gas buses for Apple Country Public Transit. These vehicles will be in service by May 2012. Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office, the NCDOT Public Transportation Division has awarded more than $310 million in grant funds to local public transportation systems. These grants enable systems to provide people in all 100 counties access to education, job opportunities and health care. For more information on grant programs through the Public Transportation Division of NCDOT, as well as transit systems that serve the public throughout the state, visit www.ncdot.gov/nctransit.