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Stimulus Funds to Aid Downtown Bloomington Transit Terminal

Bloomington is one of several communities slated to receive money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Bloomington Public Transportation will receive about $1.7 million from the stimulus package. That’s a dollar amount that Katie Moreau, spokesperson for State Rep. Barron Hill (D-9th) said tops other communities of similar size.

“Bloomington did get one of the largest chunks [of money] for [its] population size,” Moreau said. “We know a lot of folks do rely on public transportation there to get around.”

Moreau said Bloomington officials will use the government dollars to build a downtown passenger transit facility, a plan announced late last year.

“Lew May, general manager of Bloomington Public Transportation Corporation, said that [the money] is coming at a great time because [the city is] in the final design stages of [its] new downtown passenger transit facilities,” Moreau said. “And the money will allow [BPTC] to construct a sustainable, green facility.”

The federal government released the money to the state last week, and Moreau said local agencies will receive it shortly. No date has been set for the ground-breaking of the new facility.

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