U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. announced today that St. Louis has been awarded a $4 million federal grant for public transportation upgrades.
The money will be provided jointly by the Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration, according to a press release from McCaskill's office.
So, how will St. Louis use the money?
The release states that the grants will be used to aid in the replacement of up to 12 buses in the Metro's current bus fleet.
Improved traffic flow and safer conditions for pedestrians who use the Grand Blvd. bridge are two of the benefits of the 15-month closure that will start at 5am on Monday, March 14th.
The 52-year-old crossing is structurally deficient, and in danger of being closed permanently, says the city's chief engineer, Rich Bradley.
The sister of a woman who died after being struck by a Metro bus on Dec. 3, 2010 has filed a wrongful death suit against Bi-State Development Agency, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The Post-Dispatch describes the details of the lawsuit:
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