Lawrence Transit Receives Nearly $2.7M in Federal Grants to Support Infrastructure and New Initiatives | News, Sports, Jobs

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In this Jan. 18, 2016, file photo, a Lawrence Transit System bus stops just south of Seventh and Vermont streets.

Lawrence Transit has received nearly $2.7 million in federal transit grants to help support several initiatives, including its new bus terminal, new transportation options and zero-emission buses.

Governor Laura Kelly, joined by Federal Transit Administration Administrator Nuria Fernandez and Kansas Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz, announced $13.2 million in grants Thursday. The grants will go to 48 transit projects across the state, according to a press release from the governor’s office.

“A strong and safe public transportation system is essential to our state’s economy and quality of life,” Kelly said in the statement. “Projects such as wheelchair-accessible buses, improved bus facilities, and route and parking improvements will ensure that Kansans have access to adequate, safe and well-maintained public transport.”

Lawrence Transit was one of 26 transit agencies in the state to receive a grant under the Access, Innovation, and Collaboration transit program.

Lawrence Transit received approximately $2.67 million for five projects. The award includes $122,040 for accessible bus stops, $1.62 million for elements of its new bus station, $124,000 for a microtransit pilot project, $120,000 for a zero-emissions transition plan and $676,448 for technology, accessibility and branding improvements.





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