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BFT Opens to building funded largely by stimulus

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A dedication ceremony for the new Administration Building for Ben Franklin Transit brought community members out Thursday.

The general manager of BFT says with more than 5-million passengers boarding last year, they finally had grounds to complete the facility expansion with a new administration building, an expansion of the maintenance building and the renovation of the existing operating building.

   But with all of its expansion success, there have been struggles, and a need for a large amount of stimulus funding to go toward these projects. In fact, the administration building took about 2.9 million dollars to build...2.5 million of that came from stimulus money alone.

"We've tried out best to communicate with all our employees that every cent we've used in this project could clearly be only used for this project," the General Manager said.

We also talked with a longtime BFT driver who says a protest was planned today to bring awareness to the ongoing struggle of route cuts in our area.

  The driver and the general manager both say it was canceled due recent negotiations, but the driver did say, if things don't improve and routs keep getting cut, the union will work to get a protest going.

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