By Associated Press - Tuesday, September 25, 2018

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - The city of Las Cruces will receive $11 million in federal funding to spend on public transportation needs.

The Federal Transit Administration announced the funding Tuesday. In all, more than $366 million in grants will go to dozens of projects to improve the safety and reliability of community bus systems across the United States.

Las Cruces will use its share to build a new transit maintenance and operations center. The center will fulfill current vehicle maintenance, upkeep needs, address travel time reliability and enhance passenger access.

Demand for the bus infrastructure grants far exceeds available funds. Federal officials say the transit administration received applications for 339 eligible projects totaling about $2 billion in funding requests.

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