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LexTran to get $8.7 million from federal government

LexTran, Lexington's public transit system, will get more than $8.7 million of a $17.2 million federal government grant to Kentucky for urban and rural transit systems announced by Gov. Steve Beshear on Tuesday.

The funding, from the U.S. Department of Transportation, is part of a nationwide program in which $776 million in "State of Good Repair" grants will be awarded to states to help urban and rural bus systems obtain or update facilities and equipment.

LexTran will use its portion of the money for construction and rehabilitation of an administrative and maintenance facility.

The Transit Authority of River City (TARC) in Louisville will get more than $2.5 million of the money to replace its fare collection system. Rural and small urban bus systems around Kentucky will get the remaining $5.9 million.