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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today reported that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has released more than $1.57 million he helped secure to improve public transit operations on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in Jackson.
The two FTA grant awards derive from funding approved by Congress in a FY2010 omnibus appropriations bill. Harrison County will receive $1.07 million to support the further expansion of the Coast Transit Authority park-and-ride program. The city of Jackson is in line for $500,000 to purchase new vehicles for JATRAN.
“Effective public transit programs can be an asset for communities by increasing transportation options for residents and visitors,” Cochran said. “I am pleased that these funds will be used to support public transit operations in Jackson and on the coast.”
Harrison County is expected to use the federal funding for Phase 2 of a park-and-ride service expansion project at the French Market site in D’Iberville. The project is part of an Intermodal Center Super Stop Transit Center, a mixed-use and public-private joint development initiative.
The FTA grant to Jackson will allow the city to replace two fixed-route JATRAN buses. The city will purchase two 30-foot buses for its transit fleet.