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Ground broken for public transit maintenance facility

CHOCTAW — The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (MBCI) and the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) have broken ground for the Choctaw Regional Maintenance Facility.

The 13,960-square-foot comprehensive regional maintenance center will be constructed by the tribe on tribal lands. The facility will provide services for tribally owned transit vehicle, tribal fleet vehicles and other public transit operated vehicles located in the East Mississippi transit region.

The $2.5-million project is being funded through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant funds and is administered through the Federal Transportation Administration and MDOT.

According to tribal officials, the construction of the new facility is imperative in maintaining efficient operations of Choctaw Transit’s 40-vehicle fleet.

Choctaw Transit currently serves a five-county area of Kemper, Neshoba, Leake, Newton and Winston counties, and is an active member of the East Central Transit Action Group (EZTAG) region, which includes Clark, Jasper, Kemper, Lauderdale, Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott and Smith counties. Choctaw Transit provides a variety of services to tribal members but also services non-tribal members who live along the service route.

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