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Money For Ben Franklin Transit

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TRI-CITIES, Wash. - Ben Franklin Transit is expected to receive more than one million dollars to modernize and expand the Transit base facility.

According to Senator Patty Murray, Chairman of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, the U.S. Department of Transportation has set aside funding for the transit service.

Ben Franklin Transit Officials have reported that they have seen a surge of ridership in the past four years and that in 2006 overall ridership went up 10 percent.  They said the facility could not handle all the growth.

The Senator stated Monday afternoon that federal funds would be used for a new maintenance facility, a new administration building, and a bus washing facility.

Ben Franklin Transit was built in 1986.  The facility was designed to hold about 80 transit vehicles, but currently they have almost 350 vehicles.

The Senator stated that growth in the Tri-Cities played a huge part in getting the money.