$2 Million in Federal Transportation Funding Secured for Southeast Missouri

JULY 22, 2005 - Posted at 4:33 p.m. CDT

WASHINGTON - Two million dollars in federal funding has been secured for bus and public transportation needs in southeast Missouri, according to U.S. Senator Kit Bond, through the Senate Transportation-Treasury-Hud spending bill.

"Public transportation is not just important in our nation's metropolitan areas.  For many in rural America, public transportation is the only way to get to the doctor or grocery store," said Bond.  "For the elderly, handicapped and low income residents in southeast Missouri, these funds will mean access to safe and dependable transportation."

The funds will be used by the Southeast Missouri Transportation Service (STMS) to develop a safety center, administration office and regional maintenance facility to Butler County, as well as Dunklin, Ripley, Carter and Stoddard counties.  The money will also fund necessary capital maintenance, replace transit vehicles and improve transit infrastructure.

The STMS currently makes over 300,000 passenger trips annually.