Arrowhead Transit Receives Federal Dollars
Washington DC – Residents in Northeast Minnesota who depend on Arrowhead Transit to get around will soon see new buses, due to a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Thursday, Congressman Jim Oberstar announced that $7.4 million from the ARRA will be used to replace 51 busses that serve rural Minnesota communities. Arrowhead Transit’s share of that grant comes to just over $1 million, and their share will be used to purchase 15 buses to serve Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake and St. Louis counties.
“People who live in rural Minnesota spend an average of 35 percent more on transportation than those who live in urban areas,” said Congressman Jim Oberstar. “During tough economic times, it’s important to make sure that people have affordable access to transportation.”
Oberstar says the new buses will stimulate many sectors of the economy. “These buses will require steel, and they will be built here in America. In addition, Minnesota workers will operate these buses and maintain them,” said Oberstar. “This is the type of investment that is creating and saving jobs across the country.”