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Public transit rolling in KOTA Territory

If you don't have a car in KOTA Territory, you rely on public transportation, which is pretty scarce.  Employees at Prairie Hills Transit are thanking a KOTA Territory senator for "keeping the wheels rolling" at a new bus building.  

U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) toured the transit's new building Thursday for the first time. "A
ll of the employees are a team, from the bus drivers themselves to the management,"said Johnson. "I was impressed by this and this is a beautiful building."  

Barb Cline, Prairie Hills Transit executive director, says Johnson was influential in securing money for the transit, which offers affordable and accessible transportation for those in the rural areas of KOTA Territory. In 2008, Prairie Hills Transit was given more than $1 million to build a new facility.

It serves 15 communities, including areas like Edgemont, where residents rely on the transit system to run errands and get medical treatments. "I
f they didn't have us, you would have the same shift in people moving to a new location, not being able to stay with their friends, their families, maybe even their own homes," said Cline.

 In 2008 and 2009, funding from the Appropriations Bill and the Stimulus Package provided more than $15 million to transit projects across South Dakota. 
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