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KCATA receives nearly $8 million grant to update operations facility

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Posted at 4:04 PM, Aug 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-06 17:04:40-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority is getting a boost from the Federal Transit Administration to the tune of nearly $8 million.

Officials announced the grant, which totals $7.98 million, on Thursday.

The money can be used to “replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities.”

KCATA will utilize the funds to “make much needed improvements to our 70’s-built operations center,” KCATA CEO Robbie Makinen said in a tweet.

Sen. Roy Blunt (R - Missouri), who sits on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, said he advocated for the grant.

“Maintaining a safe, reliable, efficient bus system in Kansas City is critical for people to get where they need to go – whether it’s work, a doctor’s appointment, or the grocery store,” Blunt said. “It’s also an important part of sustaining the local economy, especially during this challenging time.”

Makinen said a portion of the money will go toward creating “a more energy efficient and health workplace for our employees.”

KCATA also recently received $53.1 million in CARES Act funding to assist its operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.