US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said $775m federal funds will be provided to upgrade the country’s bus systems.

The move is expected to help financially strapped transit providers render well maintained, clean and reliable buses.

US Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is expected to review applications for the discretionary bus and bus facility funds.

Buying and maintenance of buses and vans, modernisation of buses, bus facilities and revenue service facilities are some of the eligible expenses for the funds.