The money will be split across 43 schemes in England, chosen from 117 entries to the Kickstart Bus Challenge. Local authorities and bus operators were invited to come up with ideas to improve bus services that would increase passenger numbers within three years.
Buck commented: "The winning schemes show how local authorities can work with bus operators to develop viable schemes that are well integrated into existing public transport."
Among the projects to receive funding is an upgrade to the Nottingham Skylink bus service to Nottingham East Midlands Airport. Cornwall County Council and First Devon and Cornwall will receive £520,395 to improve services and infrastructure in the Camborne to Falmouth corridor.