Governor Andy Beshear Presents $6.75 Million Funding for Transit Center and Parking Garage in Frankfort

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We need to invest in our infrastructure,’ says Governor

FRANKFURT, Kentucky (July 13, 2022) – Today, Governor Andy Beshear joined state and local officials to solemnly present $6.75 million in funding for a new transit center and parking lot to anchor the redevelopment of the Capital Plaza area to the Frankfurt city center.

“To build a better Kentucky, we must invest in our infrastructure. And that includes funding for better, more accessible transportation facilities,” Governor Beshear said at a press conference attended by Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray and Frankfort Mayor Layne Wilkerson.

“Our Kentucky families depend on safe roads and bridges, public transit options and a robust infrastructure system to get to school, work and places of worship,” the governor said. Beshear. “The Kentucky team works hard to ensure our communities have safe and efficient transportation systems for our people and for continued economic growth.”

Governor Beshear presented a ceremonial check representing two grants from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The largest grant is $5.5 million from the FTA CARES grant, which provided funding to help transit agencies across the country continue to operate during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. 19. The city also received $1.25 million through the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, made possible by the FTA Section 5311 program.

Secretary Gray said the Transport Cabinet is happy to help the city of Frankfurt through FTA grant programs. “We understand that creating jobs and building a great city takes a holistic approach, and this investment will ensure Frankfurt has the support it needs to keep moving forward,” he said.

Frankfort Mayor Layne Wilkerson said the new transit center and garage will be “a key driver in our downtown master plan.”

“Frankfort is on the move, and we are extremely grateful to Governor Beshear and Secretary Gray for their support of this transformative project,” Mayor Wilkerson said.

The proposed facility will include a 300-space parking garage and, on the ground floor, a 5,000-square-foot enclosed building for Frankfort Transit’s administrative offices and public space for transit users. In addition to Frankfurt Transit operations, parking will be available for the general public and nearby hotel and retail development. The plans also include charging stations for electric vehicles.

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