Topeka Metro upgrading buses, bus stops with $1.3 million grant

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Topeka Metro is using a $1.3 million dollar grant to improve safety, update equipment and upgrade bus stops.

The Metro announced Wednesday they received funding for several projects from the Kansas Department of Transportation's bus program.

“Topeka Metro has been aggressively pursuing grants to enhance different aspects of our operations," said Jim Ogle, a Topeka Metro board chair. "Since safety and security are of utmost importance to Topeka Metro, we are excited to receive funding to enhance security both on our buses and our properties.”

Over $256,000 from the grant will go towards replacing old maintenance equipment, such as air compressors, salt and sand spreaders, and a lift compressor. Money will also go to a backup generator for the Ryan Administration Building.

About $110,000 of the grant will be used to purchase protective barriers for each bus.

Most of the grant money, over $938,000, will go to upgrade bus stops, including adding benches, shelters and concrete pathways that lead to the bus.