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Kokomo bus system gets big financial boost

Grant money totals $2.7 million
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Posted at 10:14 PM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 22:18:04-04

KOKOMO — Kokomo is getting a major infusion of federal money for its public bus service.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration Thursday announced a $2.7 million grant to the city. The money will be used to support fixed-route bus and paratransit service during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Kokomo is one of many U.S. towns and cities getting federal grants.

“We know many of our nation’s public transportation systems are facing extraordinary challenges and these funds will go a long way to assisting our transit industry partners in battling COVID-19,” said FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams.

“These federal funds will support operating assistance to transit agencies of all sizes providing essential travel and supporting transit workers across the country who are unable to work because of the public health emergency.”

Some of the money in Kokomo will be used to build a bus barn, to replace the one that burned in 2014. And six new van buses will be purchased.