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$27.4 million for transit improvements in Wis.

MADISON (WKOW) -- U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Thursday $27.4 million in federal stimulus funds for transit improvements in Wisconsin.

The following grants are being awarded:

  • Waukesha Metro: $1.5 million for eight vans, fareboxes, a parking lot, a bus washer, and transit enhancements.
  • Lacrosse Municipal Transit Utility: $1.1 million for the purchase of a bus, fare equipment, a communication system, maintenance equipment, support vehicles, bus shelters, miscellaneous equipment, and facility rehabilitation.
  • City of Sheboygan: $2.1 million to purchase five 35-foot buses, two support vehicles, and other capital items.
  • Ozaukee County Transit: $591,323 to purchase five vans, six station wagons, bus shelters, paratransit vehicles, equipment and computer hardware and software.
  • City of Onalaska: $208,000 to purchase five minivans and bus shelters.
  • City of Green Bay Transit System: $2.9 million to purchase four 35-foot buses, a fare collection system, automatic vehicle location system, three hybrid support staff vehicles, a two-way radio system and miscellaneous support equipment.
  • City of Fond Du Lac: $1.2 million to purchase four buses.
  • City of Chippewa Falls: $136,000 to purchase four minivans
  • Washington County Transit Services: $779,603 to purchase six 30-foot minibuses, three lower floor minivans and three taxi sedans.
  • Wisconsin Department of Transportation/Bureau of Transit: $11.3 million for the purchase of 44 buses, 41 vans, 17 sedans/station wagons, fare collection equipment, security surveillance equipment, bus shelters, a vehicle locator system, support vehicles and computer hardware and software.
  • City of Racine: $2.5 million to purchase seven buses, farebox system upgrades, and software.
  • Janesville Transit System: $1.7 million for the purchase of three rebuilt diesel engines, one diesel fuel service truck, bus shelters, automated change dispensers, and miscellaneous expenses.
  • City of Beloit: $1.4 million for the construction of an administrative transit center and the purchase of a 35-foot bus.

President Obama signed the federal stimulus plan into law on Feb. 17, 2009, since then, grants totaling more than $5.7 billion have been made available for transit improvements throughout the country. 

The U.S. Department of Transportation has made $48.1 billion available for highway, road, transit, bridge and airport construction and repairs nationwide.  Of that, $25 billion already has been obligated to fund more than 7,701 approved projects in 55 U.S. States and Territories.   

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