ARRA Funding Available For New KDOT Routes

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is seeking applications for transportation services on two new routes: Salina to Wichita and Wichita to Pueblo, Colo. (in cooperation with Colorado Department of Transportation). Applications must be returned to KDOT on or before Sept. 18, 2009.

KDOT’s Office of Public Transportation is accepting funding requests for the 2011state fiscal year as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Under ARRA, 15 percent of the rural transit allocation must be used for intercity transit, so KDOT will set aside $2 million for that purpose.

“These two additional routes will connect up with the national intercity bus route network and will provide meaningful connections to various areas across the state, especially to under-served areas in southwest Kansas,” Lisa Koch, KDOT Public Transit Manager. “It’s also a great way to partner with the state of Colorado to serve the public.”

The following cities in Kansas would gain intercity bus service with these two new routes:

Route 1 - Salina-Wichita

· Salina, Lindsborg, McPherson, Newton, Wichita

Route 2 - Wichita-Pueblo, Colo.

· Wichita, Hutchinson, Dodge City, Garden City, (Colorado stops) Holly, Lamar, Las Animas, LaJunta, Fowler, Pueblo

Applicants seeking funding for any other routes will need to submit applications during the regular application period (starting Dec. 1, 2009).

Persons interested in applying should download the appropriate application from the KDOT website.

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