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Update: City Council approves funding to increase access to St. Joseph Buses

The city of St. Joseph approved funding for more upgrades to St. Joseph Transit Monday night.

Posted: Jan 13, 2020 12:22 PM
Updated: Jan 14, 2020 9:49 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The city of St. Joseph approved more upgrades to city transit Monday night.

Last month City Council voted and passed a resolution that authorized the purchase of 15 new buses for St. Joseph Transit with money from a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant.

Monday, a bill approved by the city council funded additional upgrades to the city bus system through a mix of state, local and federal money totaling $520,123.

The lion's share of funding came from the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.

The upgrades include increasing ADA accessibility to facilities, expanding weekend services, and a bus rider app.

St. Joseph Transit "The Ride" eight fixed routes encompass the city limits of St. Joseph and Elwood, Kansas.

One part of the money would go towards updating bus stops and door mechanisms to increase ADA accessibility. According to the proposed agreement, the money would go to upgrading signage, lighting, and seating at about 40 bus stops. Another portion of the grant would go towards fixing the automatic doors at the Transit Administration building. According to the proposal, the doors are unreliable for ADA customers and two decades old.

Additionally, the grant money would go towards a St. Joseph Transit application that would provide riders with real-time information about city buses.

For the third portion of the grant, the city would like to use the money for expanding weekend services.

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