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Northwoods Agencies Get Funds For Transportation Needs

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Governor Tony Evers today announced that 62 agencies in urban and rural areas will receive awards totaling $5.1 million federal and state funds to enhance and support local transportation options for Wisconsin seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Several of the grants are in northern Wisconsin. Forest and Iron counties will each receive $56,000 to replace a medium-sized bus. Langlade county will receive $86,000 for a larger bus. Highline Corporation in Iron county was granted $5,000 for a campaign to increase ridership. Tomahawk Area Interfaith Volunteers received $22,000 for drivers.

The funds assist local public entities and private, non-profit agencies providing specialized transportation services. Many of the grant recipients serve smaller communities in rural areas. Program funds cover 80 percent of the cost of vehicles. This year 45 vehicles will be purchased through this program; 40 will replace existing vehicles that have reached the end of their service life and five will allow for an expansion of services.

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