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Published September 22, 2010, 02:35 PM

GF Transit System Receives $1 Million Grant

The North Dakota delegation has announced a $1 million federal grant to update the Grand Forks transit system.

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Senators Byron Dorgan and Kent Conrad and Congressman Earl Pomeroy announced Wednesday that Grand Forks will receive a $1 million federal grant from the Department of Transportation to purchase new vehicles and technology for the transit system in Grand Forks. The delegation included the funding in last year's Transportation-HUD Appropriations Bill.

These federal funds will be used to replace aging vehicles, which are no longer cost effective to maintain and operate.

"Since 2000 ridership in North Dakota’s urban areas has nearly doubled, making it more important than ever to maintain modern, cost-effective transit systems in our cities," the delegation said in a joint statement.

"This federal funding will allow Grand Forks to offer public transit users a safe, more comfortable commute, while ultimately saving taxpayers’ money spent on costly maintenance for these old vehicles."