MANSFIELD — The city is about to receive its first booster shot from President Obama’s economic recovery legislation.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, announced Thursday that Mansfield will receive $1,281,024 in mass transit funds with $179,808,408 for Ohio communities overall. The federal funds, which were passed as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, were released Thursday by the Federal Transit Administration.

“These funds will create jobs, promote economic development, and improve mass transit in Mansfield,” said Brown. “As fuel costs continue to put a strain on the budgets of middle class families, more Ohioans are turning to public transportation. These funds will improve the accessibility of public transportation and ensure Ohio communities can bring their transit systems to the 21st century.”

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