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Saturday, December 3, 2022

SunTran seeking $1.2 million in grant funding for improvements, renovations

SunTran is hoping that city officials will approve an amendment to a grant agreement that would provide over $1.2 million in funding for improvements and renovations.

The Florida Department of Transportation provides annual grant funding to communities that will pay for a portion of either capital expenses or operating assistance for fixed route public transit systems.

The FDOT announced that the allocations for fiscal years 2021 and 2022 will not require a local match from the city.

In order for the City of Ocala to receive the grant funding for both fiscal years, in the amount of $1,233,575, the city must enter into a Public Transportation Grant Agreement with the FDOT.

According to the city, this grant agreement is being amended to ensure that grant funds can be used for engineering and design services for bus shelters, new restrooms with a ticketing kiosk, and SunTran facility renovations.

City staff is recommending approval of the amendment, and the matter will go before the city council members for approval during their regular meeting on Tuesday, January 18.

The Ocala City Council meets at 5 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month at the Ocala City Hall, which is located at 110 SE Watula Avenue in downtown Ocala.