Fairbanks looks for matching funds for federal bus grant

Posted: Wednesday, January 09, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The federal government will deliver money for new buses and bus station work in Fairbanks this year, but finding the required matching funds may be a challenge.

The U.S. Department of Transportation budget includes $1.5 million for public buses and bus facilities in Fairbanks. The Fairbanks North Star Borough operates the eight-bus local fleet.

Max Lyon, the borough's transportation director, said he expects to use the money in part to replace buses that are now eight years into their expected 10-year life. The borough could also use the money to help rebuild its transit park on Cushman Street.

The federal grant must be matched, however, with about $300,000 from some other source. The borough could provide the match money, but such an expenditure would be bound to draw opposition.

''We're putting it to the Legislature,'' Lyon said. ''If that doesn't happen, I don't know what we'll do.''

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