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Stimulus money going to mass transit systems here



Published: Thu, March 5, 2009 @ 5:05 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Three area transportation systems will receive $4.65 million from the federal stimulus package.

Of that amount, the Western Reserve Transit Authority, based in Youngstown, is getting $3.51 million.

While money is going to purchase 17 vehicles, $2.2 million will be spent to renovate and expand the bus services’ administration offices on lower Mahoning Avenue in Youngstown.

The agency will use $1.08 million to purchase 12 smaller buses — 28-feet long — and five minivans to expand service, probably in Boardman, Struthers and Campbell, said Marianne Vaughn, WRTA’s secretary-treasurer.

The vehicle purchases and the construction work to WRTA’s administration office will help create jobs as well as provide public transportation for those needing it to get to their places of work, Vaughn said.

The other systems to get money are in Trumbull County and Sharon, Pa.

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1aeparish(669 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

"The vehicle purchases and the construction work to WRTA’s administration office will help create jobs as well as provide public transportation for those needing it to get to their places of work."

Please. WHAT PLACES OF WORK?

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2RobinVanPersie(9 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Does this mean the county will rescind the WRTA tax?

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3valleyred(1097 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

WRPA= WESTERN RESERVE PORT AUTHORITY
aka the Airport.

WRTA= WESTERN RESERVE TRANSIT AUTHORITY
aka the WRTA bussing.

WHAT IS IT!?

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4aeparish(669 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Whichever one will get them more tax revenue or stimulus packages from the government.

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5TheLostPatrol(756 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Hop on board the Welfare Express!!!!

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6Ianacek(909 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

The proposal to remodel WRTA offices shows misplaced priorities . The offices will stand another few years .

Show more concern for passengers rather than staff .

Why are there few if any shelters for passengers waiting for their buses to keep out of the rain , cold winds & sweltering sun ?

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7aeparish(669 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

I would show more concern for passengers if there WERE passengers.

Whenever I see those busses, they're half full at best with passengers.

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8apollo(1227 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

What a complete waste of tax dollars. Providing mass transit funding for a community that really doesn't even need mass transit since there are no MASSES. The buses are nearly always empty. So are we spending millions to provide transportation for the very few? They should rescind the levy. A government that is broke doesn't need to fund idiotic things like this. Does anyone in government know how to prioritize?

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9city_resident(513 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

"$2.2 million will be spent to renovate and expand the bus services’ administration offices on lower Mahoning Avenue in Youngstown."

They need room for the new buses.

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10aeparish(669 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

If they did, our country wouldn't be in the shape that it's in.

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11aeparish(669 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

No, they don't! They don't even need new busses!

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12TheLostPatrol(756 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Saw WRTA busses all over the suburbs this weekend and the only people on them were the bus driver's!

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