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Iowa transit agencies welcome money for new buses

DES MOINES (AP) -- Transit systems in Iowa's metro areas are welcoming federal stimulus money for helping to improve their fleets, but officials say too little funding for too long means aging buses will remain on the roads.

The stimulus money approved earlier this year made an additional $7.6 billion in federal funds available to transit systems across the country. Of that money, Iowa got nearly $40 million extra.

Although the boost in federal spending helps, officials note that a new bus can cost $400,000 and that agencies have a backlog of up to five years of unmet needs.

As Becky Passman, transit coordinator in the Quad Cities, put it, the new money helped but tremendous need remains.

Officials are seeking continued additional funding.

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