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Chairman Johnson Announces More than $3.5 Million for South Dakota Transit

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Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD), Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, which has jurisdiction over the nation's public transportation systems, announced today that South Dakota will receive nine federal transportation grants. The total funding is more than $3.5 million.

"This funding will make it possible for bus systems across South Dakota to make much-needed improvements to their vehicles and facilities," said Johnson. "There is growing demand for public transit in our state, and as Chairman one of my top priorities is investing in these systems."

The South Dakota grants announced today with descriptions from the Federal Transit Administration:

City of Sioux Falls, Vehicle Replacements and Bus Wash Bay - $1,464,657: City of Sioux Falls will replace bus wash bays as well as buses in its fleet that have met or exceeded their useful lives. Replacement of these vehicles will ensure continued safe, reliable transit operations and lower maintenance costs.
Arrow Transit - Lemmon Vehicle Replacements - $60,000: Arrow Transit will replace a bus that has met its useful life. Replacement of this vehicle will ensure continued safe, reliable transit operations and lower maintenance costs.
Prairie Hills Transit/Spearfish Bus Equipment and Maintenance Lifts - $70,000: Prairie Hills Transit will purchase two lifts for its repair facility. The lifts will enable the agency to perform in-house repairs, which will reduce costs and improve efficiency.
Prairie Hills Transit/Spearfish Vehicle Replacements - $240,000: Prairie Hills Transit will purchase new buses to replace buses in its fleet that have met or exceeded their useful lives. Replacement of these vehicles will ensure continued safe, reliable transit operations and lower maintenance costs.
Yankton Transit Vehicle Replacements - $120,000: Yankton Transit will replace two buses that have met or exceeded their useful lives. Replacement of these vehicles is necessary to deliver continued safe, reliable transit operations and lower maintenance costs.
ROCS Transit (Lake Andes) Vehicle Replacements - $152,000: ROCS Transit, a provider of rural transit services, will replace vehicles in the cities of Bonesteel and Gregory, that have met or exceeded their useful life. Replacement of these vehicles will ensure continued safe, reliable transit operations and lower maintenance costs.
Brookings Area Transit Vehicle Replacements - $180,000: Brookings Area Transit will replace vehicles in its fleet that have met or exceeded their useful lives. Replacement of these vehicles will ensure continued safe, reliable transit operations and lower maintenance costs.
Palace Transit -- Mitchell Vehicle Replacements - $240,000: Palace Transit will replace buses in its fleet that have met or exceeded their useful lives. Replacement of these vehicles will ensure continued safe, reliable transit operations and lower maintenance costs.
River Cities Transit -- Pierre Vehicle Replacements - $1,040,000: River Cities Transit will replace cutaway buses and minivans in its fleet that have met their useful life. Replacement of these vehicles will ensure continued safe, reliable transit operations and lower maintenance costs.

The Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee is responsible for oversight of our nation's public transportation systems. As Chairman, Johnson has worked with the Administration to put transportation funding in place that strengthens investment in infrastructure across the country, including public transportation systems in South Dakota. He recently led efforts to craft a strong reauthorization of the surface transportation bill, commonly called the highway bill.


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