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$3.5M coming to Sitka Tribal Enterprises for trolley, center

SITKA, ALASKA
STE received $325,000 to fund two hybrid vehicles. The funding comes from the Federal Transit Administration. Camille Ferguson is the department director for STE. She says the new trolley-style hybrid will feature art on the side.

“It’s a design that represents Sitka’s multicultural community,” she said.

The trolley funding comes on the heels of another funding announcement. STE received money, also from the FTA, to start an equipment maintenance and training center. This brings the total funding to $3.5 million.

The center will provide a location to service the Community Ride fleet and provide training for bus maintenance and related skills.

“We do have a complete public transit system,” Ferguson said. “One of the elements that are missing is an actual maintenance training facility.”

STE is in the planning stages for the center, and actively looking for a location.

“I’m real excited about this,” Ferguson said. “We will have the opportunity to provide training for transportation, which includes the CPR, first-aid, handicap-accessible training – transit technologies.”

A representative for the Federal Transit Administration could not be reached for comment.
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