Columbia City Council to vote on funding for new buses

Friday, April 15, 2011 | 5:53 p.m. CDT; updated 9:40 p.m. CDT, Saturday, April 16, 2011

COLUMBIA — The Columbia City Council will vote Monday night on whether to approve the funding to replace six buses, two paratransit vans and a security video system for one bus.

The funding would also be used to "rework some of the existing (passenger) shelters as well as possibly adding a few benches at the existing shelters," said Jill Stedem, spokeswoman for the Public Works Department.

In October, the Federal Transit Administration awarded the city a $2 million grant through the "State of Good Repair" program for the new buses and updated passenger shelters, Stedem said.

The city also contributed an additional $500,000 because the Federal Transit Administration requires that 20 percent of the awarded grant amount be raised locally, said Drew Brooks, transportation supervisor at the Public Works Department.

"As we identify vehicles that need to be replaced, we set aside that 20 percent," he said.

The buses and updated passenger shelters are expected in October 2012, Stedem said.

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