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Recovery funds pay for five new buses in Waterloo

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Taxpayer dollars are coming back to the Cedar Valley with the purpose of public transportation.

MET Transit is getting $1.6 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  It's to replace five aging buses, all of which are currently out of service due to major mechanical issues.

The new buses are still on order, but they will look the same as three already purchased by MET.  The buses are more fuel efficient and still accessible to the handicapped.

Representative Bruce Braley (D-IA) was in Waterloo Tuesday discussing the positive impact of the funding.

"When we're trying to stimulate job growth and people who need access to low-cost transportation to get to and from work, this funding has been absolutely critical," Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) said.

Met transit operates a total of 43 buses.  Some of the oldest ones have more than 400,000 miles on them.

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