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September 4, 2013

Grant would cover Transit medians

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — “That was something we said we didn’t want,” he said.

Letters of support for the medians have come from a number of business and property owners along South Transit Road, Kinyon said.

To help cover the cost of the medians, town officials submitted an application Aug. 16 for a Transportation Enhancement Grant, a federally funded grant awarded by the state transportation department. The amount would be $384,000 but would come with a 20 percent local match, meaning Lockport would be on the hook for about $96,000.

The entire project would be about $480,000, Kinyon said. Grant awards are expected to be announced sometime in the fall.

Transit North as a whole would be a benefit for the town, Kinyon said, as a Nielsen Claritas study said there was a demand for goods and services within a 15-mile radius of Transit in the range of $700 million and $1 billion.

Since 2010 about $7.3 million has been invested in South Transit, Kinyon said, leading to the creation of 137 jobs.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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