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TARC, Metro Housing Get First Stimulus Dollars

Louisville's first projects to be funded with federal stimulus dollars have been announced.More than $17 million will go to the Transit Authority of River City for, among other things, construction of a maintenance facility on West Broadway, improvements to existing maintenance buildings and the purchase of 10 hybrid buses.Congressman John Yarmuth of Louisville says the various TARC projects will create 250 jobs, most of them in construction."And also what this enables TARC to do is to save jobs. Because I think there were 15 or so bus driving jobs that would have been cut had it not been for this infusion of funding," Yarmuth said.Meanwhile the Louisville Metro Housing Authority is getting more than $2 million in stimulus funds for repair work at the Beecher Terrace and Dosker Manor public housing complexes.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.