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FERNANDEZ ANNOUNCES FEDERAL FUNDS FOR OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

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FERNANDEZ ANNOUNCES FEDERAL FUNDS FOR OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Transit Administration
July 30, 1998

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 30, 1998
Contact: Pat Oladeinde
Tel.: (202) 366-1215
FTA 18-98

COLUMBUS -- Federal Transit Deputy Administrator Nuria I. Fernandez today announced the award of a grant for $14.4 million to the Ohio Department of Transportation to purchase 58 replacement buses and to design and build transit centers in Linden, Easton and Canton.

"President Clinton is committed to investing in transit systems, which strengthen the economy and connect communities by providing accessible transportation for those who need it most," said Fernandez. "By funding projects such as these, we will continue to provide better, safer and more reliable service for the people of Ohio."

More than $12.2 million of the Federal Transit Administration grant will be used to purchase 58 replacement buses for five transit systems in Columbus, Cincinnati, Youngstown, Dayton and Akron. Portions of the grant will also be used to purchase land and build a transit center in Columbus, located in the Linden community at 11th Avenue and Cleveland Avenue.

A $2.2 million grant will be used to complete engineering and design for construction of a transit center in the Easton community of Columbus, which will be connected by new transit service to the Linden Center. Also included in this project is funding for construction of a bus fuel island for the city of Brunswick.

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