WASHINGTON - Southern Missouri will receive $4.6 million in transportation awards for bus and bus-related programs in the 8th District. Earmarked in the funds are two replacement vans for Scott County and a new van for Stoddard County.
"Missourians rely on buses and vans to commute to work, travel to school, and get around without the use of a car. These funds will assist Southern Missouri in operating programs vital to transportation in our communities. Buses and vans are essential to senior citizens who rely on bus transportation to shop for groceries, to get their prescriptions filled at the pharmacy, and to see their doctors. This type of program is a continuing priority for Sen. Bond and me," said Eighth District Representative Jo Ann Emerson in announcing the funds.
"These dollars are great news for the senior citizens, disabled and other folks in Southeast Missouri who depend on public transportation to reach essential services," said U.S. Senator Christopher "Kit" Bond.
According to Emerson's office there is nearly $2 million for Missouri Bus and Bus Facilities in Dunklin County (two replacement vans), the City of Houston, Southeast Missouri Transportation Service along with Scott County. Some of the funds will also be allotted to SE Missouri State University to assist in the construction of an intermodal center in Cape Girardeau.
Stoddard County will receive an earmark of $29,510 for one replacement van.