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Murray Funds Local Transportation Causes

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- Washington Senator Patty Murray includes more than $2 million for projects in the Mid-Columbia.

In the Senate's latest Housing, Transportation and Development bill.

The Senator included $700,000 for Ben Franklin Transit to replace vehicles that are past their expected life.

Senator Murray says transportation issues are key to continued growth in the Tri-Cities, that's why she's also included money for updated facilities at the Port of Pasco and funds to help build the traffic infrastructure around the new Hanford Reach Interpretive Center in Richland.

"They have really important critical infrastructure projects that just need a small amount of federal dollars to help boost them and that federal investment helps their economy grow," the Senator said.

Here's a full breakdown of where the proposed funds will go.

Ben Franklin Transit would get $700,000.

The Port of Pasco $900,000 to improve rail lines after barge shipments from Portland were stopped.

And $700,000 for road and trail infrastructure at the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center.