- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Federal officials have rejected Greenville’s request for funding to expand its bus system.

The Greenville News reports (https://grnol.co/2aep8Bb) Greenville was not among the 40 communities announced Friday that were awarded a piece of nearly $500 million by the U.S. Department of Transportation through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant program.

Greenville’s bus system, Greenlink, had sought more than $13 million through the TIGER program to make a series of major improvements, including new service from eight battery-powered transit buses.

County councilman Butch Kirven said Monday that local officials would continue efforts to improve Greenlink and deploy battery-powered buses in Greenville as well as try to secure private funding.

Greenville officials have sought federal funding to buy battery-powered buses for many years but so far have never secured a grant.

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Information from: The Greenville News, https://www.greenvillenews.com

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