Federal funding restored to city transit system - WNEM TV 5

Federal funding restored to city transit system

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Federal funding has been restored to the Saginaw Transit Authority Regional Services.

Earlier this week Sylvester Payne, STARS General Manager, said that the busing system was in trouble after the funding, which makes up nearly a third of the budget, was frozen.

That’s because deadlines and criteria set by the Federal Transportation Authority were not met. That meant the Saginaw area transit system only had enough left in the budget to operate for about a month.

On Jan. 28 it was announced that a solution was put in place, and the FTA said it will immediately release pending funds.

A press release by STARS went on to say that this guarantees that buses will not stop rolling, and employees can rest assured that sufficient funding is in place to prevent shut down of any existing operations.

In Nov. significant changes were made to STARS route to make up a $1.5 million deficit. A move that surprised many, and came just months after voters approved a tax increase to keep the bus system running.

Meantime, Payne will be resigning at the end of Sept. He submitted his resignation earlier this week, siting health reasons, and will work as General Manager through Sept. 30 until his retirement.

>>Bus system working to restore funding<<

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