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Bond announces $10 million in Missouri transit funds

Monday, March 8, 2004

WASHINGTON - The more than $10 million earmarked for Missouri's transit programs includes funding for Southeast Missouri.

Missouri Senator Kit Bond, who announced the federal funds, said the money will be allocated by the Missouri Department of Transportation from the 2004 Omnibus Appropriations bill.

Mississippi County will receive $36,000 to replace a van and the OATS program will get $500,000 to fund replacement of vans.

There is $48,000 allocated in Scott County along with $750,000 for the SMTS program and another $102,000 for SEMO.

Stoddard County is listed to receive $50,000 to replace two vans along with $1,885 for transit equipment.

"These dollars are an investment in Missouri's future. A good transportation system, whether its roads, bridges, or buses, is vital to economic development," said Bond, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. "Public transportation is critical for Missourians who depend on buses to get to work, class, the doctor, or to pick a child up from daycare."

Other area localities included in the funding were the city of Cape Girardeau, $80,000; Jackson County, $540,000; and Dunklin County Transit, $193,000.

These funds are part of the $84.5 million slated to rebuild Missouri's infrastructure in the Omnibus bill signed into law in January.