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CAT to apply for more state transit funding

Cities Area Transit purchased new New Flyer Xcelsior buses earlier this summer to be used in both Grand Forks and East Grand Forks routes. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

Cities Area Transit, or CAT, plans to request approximately $1.2 million from the North Dakota Department of Transportation after the state notified its transit providers of leftover funds.

In a presentation to Grand Forks City Council members Monday night, Mobility Manager Ali Rood shared 10 projects that could use the funding.

One project entailed buying two more heavy duty buses for proposed UND campus routes, which CAT staff estimated will cost about $815,000 total. CAT has been talking with UND about routes for a while now, Rood said, with hopes of having something in place by August 2019.

Rood also mentioned an approximately $136,000 project to replace the department's 17 shelters. After council members granted preliminary approval for the CAT request—they'll officially vote Oct. 1—Rood discussed the new routes CAT began implementing in July. "Our plan is to solicit continual feedback and make adjustments from that feedback," Rood said.

CAT is already collecting responses, Rood said. She added the department hesitates to make any big changes yet. "Because we're not even three months in," Rood said, "and it's still a transitional period at this time."

In other news

• Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown recommended council members appoint Patricia Hodny to municipal court as an alternate judge. Before Hodny moved to Grand Forks in 2009 to teach law at UND, she was a municipal court judge for the city of Lakota.

• The city received approximately $180,000 from the federal government toward doubling in width a narrow sidewalk by Lake Agassiz Elementary School, to create a shared-use path. Staff estimate there's still a local cost of about $164,000.

Emily Allen

Allen joined the Grand Forks Herald to cover local government and politics May 2018. Call her at 701-780-1102, email her at eallen@gfherald.com or follow her on Twitter, @Emily_theHerald.

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