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Harlan County awarded nearly $320k in grant money

The Harlan County Community Action Agency has been awarded six vehicles with a combined value of $177,000, GPS modems valued at $26,160, on-board and facility security cameras valued at $56,408, and a contract for resurfacing and surfacing three parking lots valued at $60,000.

The award is part of $7 million in funds being awarded across the state awarded by the Federal Transit Administration for rural Kentucky transit agencies.

“We are pleased to partner with the FTA to improve the link between residents, commuters and businesses in the rural areas of our states,” Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Greg Thomas said. “Safe, efficient transit systems are critical to building local economies, and these funds will ensure many Kentuckians maintain reliable access to work, school, and more in the years to come.”

Thomas says the funds will be used to modernize public bus fleets and facilities and enhance passenger safety for 17 organizations that serve more than half of Kentucky’s counties.

As in the case in Harlan, the funds will also go toward purchasing transit vehicles, onboard cameras, and maintenance equipment along with computer software and will assist in facility upkeep and security.

The FTA Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program provide federal assistance for replacing, rehabbing, and purchasing buses, bus equipment and facilities.

The FTA applications for 330 eligible projects and a total of 107 projects in 50 states and territories were selected to receive $366.2 million in grants.