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Clarksville Transit System to share in urban transit funding

CTS to benefit from Recovery Act funds

tdot-logo-lgThursday, Governor Phil Bredesen announced that eight small urban transit agencies will receive $9.7 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The funding is to be used for transit services in Tennessee’s small urban areas of Bristol,  Clarksville, Cleveland, Jackson, Johnson City, Kingsport, Lakeway,  and Murfreesboro.

“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 in the TDOT press release.  “The Recovery Act funds announced today will help our small urban transit providers in Tennessee improve service and replace aging fleets with safer, more reliable vehicles.”

TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely, “Many of the vans and buses in the state’s transit fleets have accumulated hundreds of thousands of miles over the years and have outlasted their useful life.  “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.

The Clarksville Transit System (CTS) will receive $1,550,795 in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for transit services in the Clarksville area. CTS operates seven fixed routes within the city of Clarksville and one trolley route serving the area around Austin Peay State University. CTS plans to use the dollars to purchase two 30-foot hybrid buses, a 30-foot diesel bus, support vehicles and for associated maintenance services.

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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