Citilink allocated stimulus money

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Press release from Citilink:

Citilink allocated Federal Recovery Act funding

Citilink has been notified that we are eligible to receive $4,095,327 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus funding. These funds require no local match and must be used for capital improvement projects. This windfall funding will be used to replace fixed route vehicles in the fleet that have met their useful life with new “greener” hybrid buses that will reduce fuel consumption and improve air quality.

In compliance with the spirit and purpose of these funds they will be obligated as quickly as possible to help create and maintain bus manufacturing jobs. Indiana companies active in the bus manufacturing business include; Cummins, Allison Transmission, Supreme, Delco Remy, Braun Lifts, etc.

Separately, the Citilink board has approved the purchase of five light duty transit vehicles, to replace current Access service vehicles. These vehicles will be purchased with 80%federal/20% local funding awarded last year. The manufacturer of these vehicles, Glaval Corporation, is located in Elkhart. “The same companies who are suffering from the slump in recreational vehicle sales will benefit from this transit vehicle order. We are pleased to help our Northeast Indiana neighbors and improve the safety and efficiency of our fleet, said Ken Housden, General Manager.” He added, “Should more discretionary money become available, we will buy more buses and implement planned energy efficiency improvements in our administrative/maintenance buildings.”

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