The Toledo Area Transit Authority ordered 39 new buses this spring and now it has the money to pay for them.

The Federal Transit Administration yesterday formally released slightly more than $8.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to the transit agency, most of it to be used for vehicle purchases, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced.

James Gee, TARTA’s general manager, said his agency anticipated the stimulus grant and ordered the buses ahead of time in hopes of getting a jump on production, because other transit agencies are likely to order vehicles with their share of the same funds.

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