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City busing system working to get federal funding back

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Nearly 3,000 Saginaw residents use the city’s bus system every day.

Many rely on it to get around.

But STARS could be in trouble. Its federal funding is frozen because deadlines and criteria haven't been met.

Sylvester Payne is the STARS general manager.

"We are still addressing the remaining issues that FTA says we need to submit to them," Payne said.

But what has to be done to get that money back to STARS?

“There's one real big issue that's called the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise that the federal government requires all agencies that receive federal funds participate in," Payne said.

Payne said the DBE program was revamped over the last year.

It requires STARS to buy services and equipment from more minority and female owned businesses.

"We have to create a certain percentage of our dollars that we receive annually from the federal government will go to purchasing services of those disadvantaged businesses," Payne said.

STARS is also updating other policy issues including meeting Americans With Disabilities Act requirements and implementing Spanish translations of next to English wording on buses.

"The majority of them, like I said, we've responded to it's the matter of us waiting for them to get back with us whether they are accepting what we've sent to them," Payne said.

A management team is coming in this week to help STARS get everything ready to submit to the FTA.

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