By Associated Press - Thursday, September 8, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A central Arkansas agency is receiving more than $1.6 million in federal funding to improve bus services.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration announced on Thursday nearly $211 million in funding nationwide as part of its bus and bus facilities grant program. The funding is targeted at purchasing new buses and improving and replacing bus-related facilities.

The Central Arkansas Transit Authority, which operates Rock Region Metro, is receiving $1.65 million to purchase compressed natural gas buses to replace older vehicles.

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