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Recovery Act funds to assist 12 rural transit agencies

tdot-logo-lgNASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen announced Friday that $17.9 million in Recovery Act funds will be provided to 12 rural transit agencies in Tennessee.  The agencies provide transit services to all 95 counties in Tennessee.

“Many Tennesseans, particularly those with limited mobility, already rely on public transportation for their daily needs and many others would like to see expanded transit options,” said Bredesen.  “The Recovery Act funds announced today will help rural transit providers in Tennessee improve service and replace aging fleets with safer, more reliable vehicles.”

Delta Human Resources Agency, East Tennessee Human Resources Agency, First Tennessee Human Resources Agency, Hancock County Transportation, Mid-Cumberland Human Resources Agency, Northwest Tennessee Human Resources Agency, South Central Tennessee Development District, Southeast Tennessee Human Resources Agency, Southwest Tennessee Human Resources Agency, Upper Cumberland Human Resources Agency, Pigeon Forge Fun Time Trolley, and Gatlinburg Mass Transit Service will all receive Recovery Act funds for capital and operational improvements.

“Many of the vans and buses in the rural transportation fleets have accumulated hundreds of thousands of miles over the years and have outlasted their useful life,” said TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely.  “Replacing these vehicles will allow transit agencies to provide safer, more dependable service to their customers and will generate manufacturing work for the companies providing the vehicles.”

Federal Recovery Act Transit funds are administered by TDOT’s Division of Multimodal Transportation Resources.  Tennessee received a total of $72 million in Recovery Act transit funds.  Of those funds, $42.2 million was directed by the federal government to the state’s four large urban areas, Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville.

For more information

For more information on TDOT’s Division of Multimodal Transportation Resources visit www.tn.gov/tdot.  For more information on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, visit www.recovery.gov.  For TDOT specific information on the Recovery Act visit www.tn.gov/tdot/recovery.

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