The Maryland Transit Administration will receive $8.4 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation, most of which will be used to replace older buses with new hybrid-engine vehicles.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the distribution of $928 million in transit grants today in Detroit. The MTA received two -- $8 million for bus replacement and $411,500 for street improvements in Southeast Baltimore.

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The smaller grant is a Baltimore project for which the MTA passes through the funds to the city. Jamie Kendrick, the city's deputy transportation director, said the money would primarily be used for improvements in Highlandtown, Canton and Greektown that would make the streets more pedestrian-friendly.

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