Stimulus money going to mass transit systems here

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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